Before Mickey The Animated Film, 1898-1928

ISBN-10: 0226116670
ISBN-13: 9780226116679
Edition: 1993
Authors: Donald Crafton
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Description: This witty and fascinating study reminds us that there was animation before Disney: about thirty years of creativity and experimentation flourishing in such extraordinary work as Girdie the Dinosaur and Felix the Cat. Before Mickey, the first and  More...

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Book details

List price: $38.00
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 12/15/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 436
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

This witty and fascinating study reminds us that there was animation before Disney: about thirty years of creativity and experimentation flourishing in such extraordinary work as Girdie the Dinosaur and Felix the Cat. Before Mickey, the first and only in-depth history of animation from 1898-1928, includes accounts of mechanical ingenuity, marketing and art. Crafton is equally adept at explaining techniques of sketching and camera work, evoking characteristic styles of such pioneering animators as Winsor McCay and Ladislas Starevitch, placing work in its social and economic context, and unraveling the aesthetic impact of specific cartoons. "Before Mickey's scholarship is quite lively and its descriptions are evocative and often funny. The history of animation coexisted with that of live-action film but has never been given as much attention."--Tim Hunter, New York Times

Foreword by Otto Messmer Preface Animation: Myth, Magic, and Industry
The Secret of the Haunted Hotel
From Comic Strip and Blackboard to Screen
The First Animator: Emile Cohl
""Watch Me Move!"" The Films of Winsor McCay
The Henry Ford of Animation: John Randolph Bray
The Animation ""Shops""
Commercial Animation in Europe
Automated Art
Felix; or, Feline Felicity
Conclusion
Notes
Afterword, Errata, and Update
Selected Bibliography
Index

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