Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 1993

Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 1993

by Hal Erickson
     
 

In 1949 the first made-for-television cartoon series debuted on a major network. Tele-Comics embraced the popular cliffhanger serial genre, using nonmoving comic strip panels and a handful of radio actors to produce a show at a fraction of the cost accrued by a live show. Despite the success of Tele-Comics and a few other such shows, television cartoons languished

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In 1949 the first made-for-television cartoon series debuted on a major network. Tele-Comics embraced the popular cliffhanger serial genre, using nonmoving comic strip panels and a handful of radio actors to produce a show at a fraction of the cost accrued by a live show. Despite the success of Tele-Comics and a few other such shows, television cartoons languished until 1954 when Walt Disney produced Disneyland.

From such pioneers as Tele-Comics and Crusader Rabbit to modern fare such as X-Men and Beavis and Butthead, this is the first reference book to detail animated cartoons made exclusively for television from 1949 through 1993. Each entry includes the show's title, network, studios and full production information when available. An essay blending plot description, critical commentary, and background information is also provided for each cartoon. A discussion of the voice artist concludes the work.

Editorial Reviews

ARBA
well-written...comprehensive and readability characterize the book
Classic Images
Hal Erickson [is] one of the best researchers and documentarians of American television history. Television Cartoon Shows" is a major reference work on television history and highly recommended"
Library Journal
Students of animation as well as baby boomers who grew up with television will particularly appreciate this admirable reference. Erickson, the author of several previous books on various aspects of media history (e.g., Syndicated Television, LJ 8/1/89), has done exhaustive research and, introductory witticisms to the contrary, has obviously relished every moment. He begins this massive work with a brief history that, in an entertaining style, includes impressively researched details and a perceptive look at the influence of social and industry trends on the character and content of cartoon shows (merchandising, dictums on violence, societal models, and artistic restrictions, to name a few). This is followed by a treasure trove of alphabetical show listings (from the forgotten Winky Dink and You to the controversial The Simpsons)each packed with production information. For reference libraries with large media collections.Carol J. Binkowski, Bloomfield, N.J.
Booknews
Relive your childhood and even your child's childhood with this encyclopedia of every animated television show from 1949 through 1993, from Crusader Rabbit to Josie and the Pussycats to Beavis and Butthead. Entries include information on each show's creators, studios, and production, and sometimes lengthy essays blending plot description, critical commentary, and background information. Includes a history of tv cartoon shows, a section on voice artists, and b&w pictures. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786400294
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
08/01/1995
Pages:
671
Product dimensions:
6.15(w) x 9.22(h) x 1.65(d)

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