Before Mickey : Animated Film, 1898-1928

Before Mickey : Animated Film, 1898-1928

Details

Author(s)
Donald Crafton
Format
Paperback | 436 pages
Dimensions
139 x 215 x 20.57mm | 537g
Publication date
15 Dec 1993
Publisher
The University of Chicago Press
Imprint
University of Chicago Press
Publication City/Country
Chicago, IL, United States
Language
English
Edition
New edition
Edition Statement
New edition
Illustrations note
141ill.
ISBN10
0226116670
ISBN13
9780226116679
Bestsellers rank
699,106

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 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


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