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Film cartoons : a guide to 20th century American animated features and shorts
McCall, Douglas L., 1971-
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Publication Information:
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., [1998]

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v, 261 pages ; 24 cm
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NC1766.U5 M38 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Covers work from ninety years of animation. All entries offer credits, a brief synopsis, production information and notes of interest, with an appendix and index.

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Booklist Review

Following a brief history of the genre, Animated Short Films contains an alphabetical list of approximately 1,600 films from 1906 to 1997 under 39 minutes in length, originally produced for theatrical release. Since current availability on TV or video is the defining criteria, films from Columbia/Screen Gems, such as the Krazy Kat and Barney Google series, are not included. No distributor addresses are provided for persons who might want to purchase the films. Both major studios (e.g., Warner Brothers, Disney) and independents are represented, as are all types of animation (drawings, claymation, puppets, etc.). Although most films are American or English-language, some foreign titles are listed. Each entry provides title, year, director, studio, a brief summary that may include evaluative commentary, and a star rating (from awful to excellent). Indexes by director, year (Oscar winners and nominees are noted here, rather than in entries), and four-and five-star reviews complete the volume. Film Cartoons has a broader focus, encompassing 238 feature films (e.g., Snow White, Who Framed Roger Rabbit) and features with animated sequences, such as The Pink Panther title sequence; as well as 1,376 animated shorts. Despite the book's subtitle, some foreign shorts are included. The author notes that some selectivity according to studio, character, and series characteristics went into the compilation of entries, which is not comprehensive. Entries are listed alphabetically by title and note release date, Oscar winner/nominee, director, studio, characters, voices, production notes, and plot line. There is more information for features, including ratings, critical notes, extensive credits, honors received, and animation highlights. Concluding the volume are an appendix on animation studios and a name index. In both titles, ratings are those of the compilers. Neither book has a character index, which would aid in finding all available Betty Boop, Mister Magoo, or Wallace and Gromit shorts. Libraries that want one catalog more representative of the genre will probably choose McCall's book, since it doesn't omit works for lack of current availability. Libraries with film collections will want both, since there are numerous listings unique to each book.

Library Journal Review

Successes like Antz (1998), Toy Story (1995), and the series of Disney blockbusters released in the wake of The Little Mermaid (1989) signal a resurgence in film animation, the topic of these two books. McCall's, the work of a young enthusiast, is segmented into three parts. Part 1 covers 180 animated features, providing credits, notes, synopses, and "critical" ratings. Part 2, which is unfortunately devoid of specifics, lists live-action films that contain animated sequences. Part 3 encapsulates over 1500 animated shorts, supplying credits and notes. The result is serviceable but marred by the problematic Part 2, which neglects both the stop-motion effects of Ray Harryhausen (Clash of the Titans) and the computer animation integral to films like The Last Starfighter (1984) and Jurassic Park (1992). A critic for Hour, Montreal's English-language weekly, Borowiec surveys films under 39 minutes in length. Not unlike McCall, he eschews sustained commentary in favor of single-sentence remarks and "critical" stars. The main section of this work lists over 1800 short films, released between 1906 and 1997, in alphabetical order. Borowiec does a fine job of including films from around the world, and the director and chronological indexes are useful. Unfortunately, his entries are so brief as to be of little use. Libraries of all types should think twice before purchasing either title.‘Neal Baker, Earlham Coll., Richmond, IN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.