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The encyclopedia of animated cartoons
Lenburg, Jeff.
Personal Author:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Checkmark Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
xv, 576 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm

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NC1766.U5 L46 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ
NC1766.U5 L46 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Reference material
NC1766.U5 L46 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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"The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons is the most comprehensive

Author Notes

Jeff Lenburg is the foremost authority on animated cartoons. He is also well versed in the history of every major Hollywood studio. For his work as an animation historian, he has been inducted into the Cartoon Legends Walk of Fame in Hollywood. He resides in Rancho Mirage, California.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

This title will bring back memories of Saturday mornings spent watching cartoons. It is organized into seven chapters covering  Silent Cartoon Series, Theatrical Sound Cartoon Series, Full-Length Animated Features, Animated Television Specials, Television Cartoon Series, Awards and Honors, and Milestones of Animation. It also includes a bibliography and an index. The index will be useful if the readers are not certain which category the cartoon they are looking for falls into. The volume encompasses every animated cartoon exhibited theatrically or broadcast on television on more than 60 networks. The second edition (1999) ranged from 1911 to 1998, while this third edition extends coverage from 1897 to 2007. Entries provide the title of the cartoon and a description, with broadcast dates and network and a list of voices for the characters. U.S. release dates are used if a cartoon was also released overseas. Some of the entries have illustrations. There are other cartoon reference sources, such as Hollywood Cartoons: American Animation in Its Golden Age (1999) and Who's Who in Animated Cartoons (2006), but this title's unequaled coverage in scope and time will make it popular with cartoon buffs. Designed as the ultimate cartoon fan's guide, it will find heaviest use in the library's circulating collection.--O'Gorman, Jack Copyright 2009 Booklist

Library Journal Review

This exhaustive work covers every animated feature-length, short, and made-for-TV film shown in the United States. Its coverage of international animation, including Japanese anime, is also impressive. The one reference source that no library should be without. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Designated as a third edition, this encyclopedia is actually the fourth incarnation of this work--the first edition was an expansion of a book titled Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoon Series (CH, Dec'81). This new volume expands on independent scholar Lenburg's seminal work on the topic. Drawing information from trade and production publications, independent reviews and articles, commercial vendors, and nonprofit repositories, this one-volume opus attempts to document thoroughly every animated cartoon ever made. The book is divided into sections titled "Silent Cartoon Series," "Theatrical Sound Cartoon Series," "Full-Length Animated Features," "Animated Television Specials," and "Television Cartoon Series." Each entry includes series history, voice credits, production/broadcast year, and filmographies. Although the breadth and depth are impressively exhaustive, the lens is definitely American, so despite examples of international productions, the emphasis is on cartoons available in the US and in the English language. Additionally, cartoons produced explicitly for educational purposes and commercials are excluded. Still, this new edition, which offers the most complete coverage on the topic of animated cartoons, should be included in all collections supporting research in animation, film, American studies, art, and history. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers; general readers. R. L. Krajewski Simmons College



The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons is the most comprehensive, authoritative, and up-to-date guide of its kind. More than 2,200 cartoon entries encompass all aspects of this 20th-century cultural phenomenon: creators, directors, production studios, voice talents, episode titles, and dates of release. With a foreword by June Foray (the voice behind Granny and Rocky the Squirrel), more than 150 illustrations, and a nutshell history of American animation, this ready reference details every cartoon and every cartoon character ever created. From the provocative Betty Boop who was censored out of theaters to Mel Blanc--the supreme master of cartoon voices at Warner Brothers for more than 50 years--no star in the cartoon constellation is overlooked. This revised edition features:Every production from 1911 to the present, including animated features and television shows produced in the past five yearsSilent cartoonsSound cartoonsFull-length animated featuresAnimated television specialsTelevision series cartoonsAwards and honors. Excerpted from The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons by Jeff Lenburg All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
A Nutshell History of the American Animated Cartoonp. 1
Silent Cartoon Seriesp. 18
Theatrical Sound Cartoon Seriesp. 49
Full-Length Animated Featuresp. 160
Animated Television Specialsp. 215
Television Cartoon Seriesp. 353
Awards and Honorsp. 553
Selected Bibliographyp. 562
Indexp. 563