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Best Books on Animated Feature Film History?

Postby Neal » May 9th, 2012, 12:15 am

I am looking for books that specifically offer history and critique of feature-length (can be 30+ minute) animated films. There are a lot of books out there about animated shorts and television shows, but the books on feature films see more elusive. Here are the ones I have read:

"Full Length Animated Feature Films" (Bruno Edera)
"The Animated Movie Guide" (Jerry Beck)
"100 Animated Feature Films" (Andrew Osmond)
'Of Mice and Magic' (Leonard Maltin)

I wondered if anyone here had read some of these following books and could offer an opinion, seeing as reviews are nonexistent on e-bookstores:

"The Animated Film Encyclopedia: A Complete Guide to American Shorts, Features and Sequences 1900-1999"

"French Animation History"

... and what other books should I look into on this area? Thanks!
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Re: Best Books on Animated Feature Film History?

Postby Ben » May 9th, 2012, 5:01 am

Charles Solomon's excellent history of animation (I forget the exact title now) is proably essential reading for you, although I believe it's likely to be OOP now.

You've pretty much got it covered with those other books if all you want is an overview of features specifically, but there is a hard to find book by John Halas that gives a list and comment on every feature up to its mid-70s publication date that includes stuff I'd never known about.

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Re: Best Books on Animated Feature Film History?

Postby Neal » May 9th, 2012, 8:29 pm

"Enchanted Drawings" and it looks to be quite comprehensive. I will check it out for sure.

As for the Halas book, I wonder if you're just thinking of Bruno Edera's book, which when published in '77 contained info. on most animated films to that point and was edited by Halas.
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Re: Best Books on Animated Feature Film History?

Postby Ben » May 10th, 2012, 12:44 pm

Yep, on both counts.

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Re: Best Books on Animated Feature Film History?

Postby Neal » May 11th, 2012, 3:06 am

Well pity there are not more, I was hopeful there might be some unknown gem but online retailers had it covered.
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Re: Best Books on Animated Feature Film History?

Postby Whippet Angel » May 11th, 2012, 7:15 pm

Mouse Under Glass by David Koenig is also a good one.

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Re: Best Books on Animated Feature Film History?

Postby Buzz Bumble » April 6th, 2014, 12:21 am

Only two years late, but I've got three books which are very good (although they're probably difficult to find these days):

  • The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation by Frank Thomas & Ollie Johnston. Published by Hyperion.

  • The Encyclopeida of Walt Disney's Animated Characters by John Grant. Published by Hyperion.

  • The Art of Hanna-Barbera by Ted Sennett. Published by Viking Studio Books

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Re: Best Books on Animated Feature Film History?

Postby DrumFeat » January 5th, 2015, 6:13 am

Out of all The Encyclopeida of Walt Disney's Animated Characters is one of my favorites and it seems to be the best.

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Re: Best Books on Animated Feature Film History?

Postby poojasl1 » January 10th, 2016, 10:54 am

hi,

i think Enchanted Drawings is best.