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Animation: A World History

Volume I: Foundations - The Golden Age, 1st Edition

By Giannalberto Bendazzi

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226 pages

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A continuation of 1994’s groundbreaking Cartoons, Giannalberto Bendazzi’s Animation: A World History is the largest, deepest, most comprehensive text of its kind, based on the idea that animation is an art form that deserves its own place in scholarship. Bendazzi delves beyond just Disney, offering readers glimpses into the animation of Russia, Africa, Latin America, and other often-neglected areas and introducing over fifty previously undiscovered artists. Full of first-hand, never before investigated, and elsewhere unavailable information, Animation: A World History encompasses the history of animation production on every continent over the span of three centuries.

Volume I traces the roots and predecessors of modern animation, the history behind Émile Cohl's Fantasmagorie, and twenty years of silent animated films. Encompassing the formative years of the art form through its Golden Age, this book accounts for animation history through 1950 and covers everything from well-known classics like Steamboat Willie to animation in Egypt and Nazi Germany. With a wealth of new research, hundreds of photographs and film stills, and an easy-to-navigate organization, this book is essential reading for all serious students of animation history.

Key Features

  • Over 200 high quality head shots and film stills to add visual reference to your research
  • Detailed information on hundreds of never-before researched animators and films
  • Coverage of animation from more than 90 countries and every major region of the world
  • Chronological and geographical organization for quick access to the information you’re looking for

Table of Contents

  1. FOUNDATIONS
  2. What it is

    Mapping chaos

    Turning points

    Periods

    Guilty, but with an explanation

    Traces

    You won’t find…

    A hybrid

  3. BEFORE FANTASMAGORIE
  4. Archaeology

      Phidias’s animating chisel

      Representation

      The motion analysis

      Music

      The meaning of the implicit movement

      An object of philosophy

    Pre-history 1

      Science, science, science

      Writing with light

    Pre-history 2

      A static mirror?

      The flipbook

      Émile Reynaud

      Birth of the théâtre optique

      The théâtre optique and how it worked

      On with the lantern show

      Colour Music

      Frame-by-frame

      Arthur Melbourne-Cooper

      Walter Robert Booth

      Edwin S. Porter

      James Stuart Blackton

  5. THE SILENT PIONEERS
  6. The Cradle

      Days of heaven and hell

      Culture

      Cinema

      Narrative, non-narrative

      Fantasmagorie

    The Fathers

      Émile Cohl

      Georges Méliès

      The first abstract cinema

      Arnaldo Ginna

      Léopold Survage

      Winsor McCay

      Colour

  7. SILENT AMERICA 1
  8. The Fathers’ Sons

      Comics, animation, cinema

      Birth of the industry

      Raoul Barré

      Cut-Insert-Replace

      John Randolph Bray

      The IFS

      Other American artists

      Willis O’Brien

      Instruments and language

  9. SILENT AMERICA 2
    1. The Fleischer Brothers

      Felix, Pat and Otto Messmer

      Terry and the Fables

      Bowers unbound

      Lantz’s debut

      Bray, Hurd, Mintz

      Sarg and Dawley

      The young Walt Disney

  10. SILENT EUROPE
  11. The individualists

    Great Britain

    Ireland

    France

      Lortac

      Advertisers and illustrators

    Germany: Animation in the Weimar Republic

      The matrix

      Walther Ruttmann

      Viking Eggeling

      Hans Richter

      Lotte Reiniger

    Austria

    Switzerland

    Denmark

      Storm P.

    Sweden

      Grogg the sailor man

      Other Swedish animators

    Norway

    Finland

    Spain

    Portugal

    Hungary

    The rest of Europe

    Russia/Soviet Union

      Ladislas Starewich

      After the revolution

      Ukraine

  12. SILENT ASIA
  13. Japan

      The narrator

  14. SILENT LATIN AMERICA
  15. Mexico

    Colombia

    Brazil

    Chile

    Argentina: the world’s first animated feature film

      Quirino Cristiani

  16. SILENT AFRICA
  17. Union of South Africa

  18. SILENT OCEANIA
  19. Australia

  20. THE GOLDEN AGE
  21. Steamboat Willie

      Sync or sink

      The non-concurrence factor

      Sound

  22. AMERICA LAUGHS!
  23. Walt Disney the tycoon

      The fixed star

      Human or animal?

      Years of expansion

      The ones who made the magic

      Another Disney folly

      The pillar brother

      At Disney's animation declines

      The Twelve Rules of the Nine Men

    Animation heads west

      The masters’ master

      Lantz, from the Rabbit to the Woodpecker

      Ub Iwerks

      Mintz, Krazy and Columbia

      Van Beuren

      Terrytoons and Mighty Mouse

      The Fleischers: Betty Boop, Popeye and two feature films

      Warner Brothers

      Tex Avery

      Bob Clampett

      Carl W. Stalling, musical animator

      Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer: Cat, Mouse, Tex

      Tashlin the wanderer

    The American avant-garde

    Animation in Canada

  24. EUROPE
  25. Great Britain

      Len Lye

    France

      Anthony Gross

      Berthold Bartosch

      Alexandre Alexeïeff

    Belgium

    The Netherlands

    Germany in Nazi time

      Hans Fischerkoesen

      The Brothers Diehl

      Heinz Tischmeyer

      Hans Held

      Wolfgang Kaskeline

      Avant-garde

      Oskar Fischinger

    Austria

    Switzerland

    Denmark

    Norway

    Sweden

    Czechoslovakia

    Poland

      Stefan and Franciszka Themerson

    Hungary

      George Pal

    Yugoslavia

    Italy

    Greece

    Spain

      Catalan vibrancy

      The Edad Dorada

      Barcelona’s entrepreneurs

      Barcelonese feature-length films

      Madrid

      Valencia

    Portugal

  26. SOVIET UNION
  27. Russia

    Ukraine

    Lithuania

    Azerbaijan

    Armenia

    Georgia

  28. ASIA
  29. Japan

      Ofuji Noburo

      Masaoka Kenzo

      Kimura Hakuzan

      A Brave New World

      The changed frame around

      Mochinaga Tadahito and his legacy

      Ichikawa Kon

    China

  30. LATIN AMERICA
  31. Mexico

    Colombia

    Venezuela

    Brazil

    Argentina

  32. AFRICA
  33. Egypt

    Union of South Africa

About the Author

A former professor at the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore and the Università degli Studi of Milan, Italian-born Giannalberto Bendazzi has been thoroughly investigating the history of animation for more than forty years. A founding member of the Society for Animation Studies, he authored or edited various classics in various languages, and has lectured extensively on every continent.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PER017000
PERFORMING ARTS / Animation