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Going beyond the box-office hits of Disney and Dreamworks, this guide to every animated movie ever released in the United States covers more than 300 films over the course of nearly 80 years of film history. Well-known films such as Finding Nemo and Shrek are profiled and hundreds of other films, many of them rarely discussed, are analyzed, compared, and catalogued. The origin of the genre and what it takes to make a great animated feature are discussed, and the influence of Japanese animation, computer graphics,...

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Overview

Going beyond the box-office hits of Disney and Dreamworks, this guide to every animated movie ever released in the United States covers more than 300 films over the course of nearly 80 years of film history. Well-known films such as Finding Nemo and Shrek are profiled and hundreds of other films, many of them rarely discussed, are analyzed, compared, and catalogued. The origin of the genre and what it takes to make a great animated feature are discussed, and the influence of Japanese animation, computer graphics, and stop-motion puppet techniques are brought into perspective. Every film analysis includes reviews, four-star ratings, background information, plot synopses, accurate running times, consumer tips, and MPAA ratings. Brief guides to made-for-TV movies, direct-to-video releases, foreign films that were never theatrically released in the U.S., and live-action films with significant animation round out the volume.

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Animation Magazine
"A resource heavyweight that deserves a spot on any movie aficionado 's book shelf."
Newsday
"A bible to more than 300 animated features."
Library Journal
Few know their animated films better than Beck (Looney Tunes: The Ultimate Visual Guide), co-creator of Animation Magazine and founding member of the Cartoon Network's advisory board. With the help of a panel of contributors, he chronicles all 307 U.S. theatrically released animated feature films, from the 1926 silent, Adventures of Prince Achmed, the first animated feature film ever made, through Maxmedia's 2004 release, Sky Blue, with plenty of familiar and not-so-familiar titles in between. Entries are alphabetically arranged by title and include release date, voice and production notes, MPAA rating (when available), plot synopsis, and two to five paragraphs of critical commentary. A chronological list of features, 30 color and 275 black-and-white illustrations, and appendixes of "limited release animated features," "top 60 animated features never theatrically released in the United States," and "top 20 live-action films featuring great animation" significantly add to the text. Beck draws the line at including "hybrid" films such as The Mask (1994) and Casper (1995), and compilation films are also excluded. Bottom Line This extremely browsable book is a fine and inexpensive companion to Graham Webb's The Animated Film Encyclopedia: A Complete Guide to American Shorts, Features, and Sequences, 1900-1979 (McFarland, 2000) and Douglas L. McCall's Film Cartoons: A Guide to 20th Century American Animation Features and Shorts (McFarland, 1998), both of which are more expansive in their coverage. The commentary is excellent throughout, with much "making of" detail to delight animation buffs. Highly recommended for all public and academic libraries.-Anthony J. Adam, Prairie View A&M Univ. Lib., TX Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556525919
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Series: Cappella Bks.
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerry Beck helped create Animation Magazine and has contributed to such publications as Hollywood Reporter and Variety. He is the author of six books, including Looney Tunes: The Ultimate Visual Guide and Outlaw Animation. He has taught courses on animation at the University of California–Los Angeles, New York University, and The School of the Visual Arts. He is the former vice president of animation for Nickelodeon Movies and has produced several animated television series. He lives in Hollywood, California.

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