Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons; Revised and Updated

Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons; Revised and Updated

by Leonard Maltin, Jerry Beck


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In this one-of-a-kind definitive history of American animated cartoons, renowned film critic and historian Leonard Maltin engagingly presents the most extensive filmography on cartoons ever compiled. 

In this revised and updated edition of Of Mice and Magic, Leonard Maltin not only recreates this whole glorious era from the silent days through the Hollywood golden age to Spielberg's An American Tail, he traces the evolution of the art of animation and vividly portrays the key creative talents and their studios. This definitive history of American animated cartoons also brings Maltin's many fans up to date on the work being done today at the Walt Disney and Warner Bros. studios, and other developments in the world of animation.

Drawing on colorful interviews with many of the American cartoon industry's principals, Maltin has come up with a gold mine of anecdotes and film history. Behind the scenes were genius animators and entrepreneurs such as Walt Disney, Chuck Jones, Tex Avery, Mel Blanc, and a legion of others. In all, Malitn has put together a glorious celebration of a universally loved segment of Americana.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780452259935
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/28/1987
Edition description: REV
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 223,205
Product dimensions: 7.46(w) x 9.17(h) x 1.02(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Leonard Maltin is an American film critic and historian. His many books include Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated CartoonsLeonard Maltin's 151 Best Movies You've Never Seen, and Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

Table of Contents

Of Mice And MagicPreface

Preface to the Revised Edition

1. The Silent Era
2. Walt Disney
3. Max Fleischer
4. Paul Terry and Terrytoons
5. Walter Lantz
6. Ub Iwerks
7. The Van Beuren Studio
8. Columbia: Charles Mintz and Screen Gems
9. Warner Bros.
10. MGM
11. Paramount/Famous Studios
12. UPA
13. The Rest of the Story

Filmographies by Studios

The Walt Disney Cartoons
The Max Fleischer Cartoons
The Walter Lantz Cartoons
The Ub Iwerks Cartoons
The Columbia/Screen Gems Cartoons
The Warner Bros. Cartoons
The MGM Cartoons
The Paramount/Famous Studios Cartoons
The UPA Cartoons

Academy Award Nominees and Winners
Glossary of Animation Terms
Sources for Cartoons on Film and Video

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"Informative and delightful … wonderful personal observations … Maltin has presented a history both readable and captivating."
The Hollywood Reporter

"Lovingly detailed … wonderfully written … an excellent book."
—New York Times Book Review

"The most complete history of animation available."
Los Angeles Times

"Maltin is an impressive archivist and a lively chronicler."
Publisher's Weekly

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Guest More than 1 year ago
As the author of "The Hand Behind the Mouse" I have interviewed over 250 animation professionals in the quest for knowledge about the cartoon industry. It is funny but often when I asked them to jar their memories of events over 60 years ago, they would tell me to wait a moment so they could go 'check the Maltin.' That happened time and again. The anecdotes and history that Mr. Maltin has detailed in this comprehensive book are as Old Testament texts to the men and women who actually lived the events themselves! When their memory failed, they relied on good old trusty "Of Mice and Magic." Heck, we all do! Thanks Leonard Maltin!