Animation was once a relatively simple matter, using fairly primitive means to produce rather short films of subjects that were generally comedic and often quite childish. However, things have changed, and they continue changing at a maddening pace. One new technique after another has made it easier, faster, and above all cheaper to produce the material, which has taken on an increasing variety of forms.
The Historical Dictionary of Animation and Cartoons is an introduction to all aspects of animation history and its development as a technology and industry beyond the familiar cartoons from the Disney and Warner Bros. Studios. This is done through a chronology, an introductory essay, photos, a bibliography, and over 200 cross-referenced dictionary entries on animators, directors, studios, techniques, films, and some of the best-known characters.
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Nichola Dobson is an independent scholar based in Edinburgh, Scotland. She is currently researching in the areas of animation studies and television genre.Review:
The scholarly tone of the time line, the appendixes, the introductory essay, and the dictionary entries make this volume a must have for academic collections supporting animation, film, media, and pop culture studies programs. ... Highly recommended. (CHOICE, May 2010)
A useful introduction....Dobson offers an accessible starting point for student research, and her extensive bibliography will help those who want to explore more deeply. (School Library Journal, February 2010)
An informative and enjoyable read....A neat addition to the Historical Dictionary series, with flashes of inspiration. (Reference Reviews)
The entries in this scholarly resource address animation as more than entertainment and pop culture, treating it as a viable art form and film genre. (Library Journal)
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