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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for anyone with a genuine interest in animation, 3 Mar 2002
This review is from: Before Mickey: Animated Film, 1898-1928 (Paperback)
A very well researched book and not too highbrow. It is bound to surprise anyone who believes that Disney was the start-all of animation. A definite necessity for any animation scholar, it provides good insight into where and with whom animation actually began. Reynaud, Blackton, McCay, the Fleischers and many others are placed in the context of their times including cultural, technological and economical aspects. External influences on the early animators such as lightning-sketches, comic books, flipbooks as well as cinema, art, literature and politics and war are highlighted. The book is very well illustrated giving the reader a clearer picture of what the author is referring to. Possibly a tough first reader on the subject, understanding becomes easier as one reads. The ninth chapter is of great interest giving an in-depth analysis of Messmer's cartoon, Felix the Cat. Messmer himself wrote the foreword to this book. Anyone looking for a sound exploration of the so far virtually untapped history of animation will appreciate Crafton's work, and might also want to check out Giannalberto Bendazzi's, Cartoons:One Hundred years of Cinema Animation does. The two, I believe, are the most commendable books on the topic that I have come across to date.
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Before Mickey: Animated Film, 1898-1928
Before Mickey: Animated Film, 1898-1928 by Crafton (Paperback - 1 Nov 1993)
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