1st Edition

Twice the First Quirino Cristiani and the Animated Feature Film

By Giannalberto Bendazzi Copyright 2018
    187 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Giannalberto Bendazzi brings to light some of the lost relics of animation history with his new book, Twice the First: Quirino Cristiani and the Animated Feature Film. Unlike other works, however, Bendazzi focuses on the growth of animation in non-western countries. This book particularly emphasizes the contributions of Quirino Cristiani and how his work influenced other animators. Bendazzi provides in-depth coverage about Cristiani’s life, both professionally and personally. Twice the First takes the reader on an exciting journey through the historical development of animation through the eyes of Quirino Cristiani.


    Key Features

  • A look back at the modest beginnings of feature film animation.
  • An exciting account of some facts never before revealed in the history and development of animated film
  • Among the fascinating information the reader can learn from this book, is that not all the action in cinematography took place in North America and Western Europe
  • This book provides an important service in documenting the early period of animation and filling in the gaps in the history of the development of animation.
  • Foreword by John Halas.

    Chapter 1 Who and When.

    Chapter 2 From Santa Giuletta to Buenos Aires.

    Chapter 3 The First Years in Argentina.

    Chapter 4 A Meeting With Federico Valle and an Introduction to Animated Caricatures.

    Chapter 5 Taborda, Cristiani and El Apóstol.

    Chapter 6 The First Feature Length Animated Film in History.

    Chapter 7 The Cristiani Family.

    Chapter 8 Sin dejar rastro.

    Chapter 9 Early Animation and the Feature Film.

    Chapter 10 Frederico Valle.

    Chapter 11 Sports, satire and science in short films of the 1920s.

    Chapter 12 Cristiani in advertising.

    Chapter 13 The most ambitious project of the Estudios Cristiani.

    Chapter 14 Peludópolis, the first animated feature length film with sound.

    Chapter 15 Cristiani as an entrepreneur.

    Chapter 16 Constancio C. Vigil and the story of El mono relojero.

    Chapter 17 El mono relojero on the screen.

    Chapter 18 The pioneer from Santa Giuletta and the wizard from Burbank.

    Chapter 19 Cristiani’s Legacy.

    Appendix I: Historial Notes.

    Appendix II: Cinema, Theater, Radio and Comics.

    Appendix III: Spurlos versenkt.

    Appendix IV: Andres Ducaud: Following Cristiani's Lead.


    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.