Billed as ``the first complete, full-scale history of animation,'' this book touches on manifold aspects of movie cartoon making. Starting with primitive early attempts at creating the illusion of motion, it covers the lore, personalities, techniques, and output of the Hollywood studios and the independents, plus recent efforts such as Who Framed Roger Rabbit . Computer and experimental animation are briefly addressed. Judging by the sample pages, the finished book will be a showy browser's delight, heavy on illustration and color. The text is clear and factual but drags when names are piled on names. Leonard Maltin's Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons ( LJ 9/1/80) is not as inclusive, as recent, or as lavish, but it compares favorably in many respects. The finished size will be 10 12. Recommended.-- William A. Donovan, Chicago P.L.