Historical Dictionary of Animation and Cartoons
Historical Dictionary of Animation and Cartoons
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Annotation: Chronicles the history of animation and its development as a technology, including information on animators, directors, producers, studios, techniques, films, pioneers, and significant animated characters.
Catalog Number: #4856203
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Copyright Date: 2009
Edition Date: 2009
Pages: xlix, 245 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-8108-5830-4
ISBN 13: 978-0-8108-5830-5
Dewey: 791.43
LCCN: 2009017015
Dimensions: 23 cm.
Language: English
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up This volume focuses on American and British feature films and television. A useful introduction contextualizes various traditions and provides a detailed, compelling time line of key events over the last 200 years beginning with Robertson's 1798 creation of "the phantasmagoria, a sophisticated 'magic lantern' to project moving images." The quality of the entries varies. Articles on animators and innovators are somewhat reductive while the historical information in the geographical articles successfully amplifies the content of the introductory material to great success. Dobson has cast a wide net with regard to her definition of animation, including some live performance in which inanimate materials are manipulated. Since this is not a technical dictionary, entries on technique, materials, and technology cover context and key use rather than understanding or replicating the process. In fact, context is this volume's greatest service; its short entries with their thorough cross-referencing will allow readers to quickly and briefly understand how a topic is situated in a web of history and influence. Dobson offers an accessible starting point for student research, and her extensive bibliography will help those who want to explore more deeply. Benjamin Russell, Belmont High School, NH
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Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-243).
Reading Level: 7.0
Interest Level: 9-12

The Historical Dictionary of Animation and Cartoons is an introduction to all aspects of animation history, its development as a technology, and the industry beyond the familiar cartoons from the Disney and Warner Brothers Studios.

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