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#1 Posted : Tuesday, January 10, 2017 5:32:25 AM(UTC)

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Here's what I got:
Before Mickey by Donald Crafton
Cartoon Modern by Amid Amidi
Created and Produced by Total Television Productions by Mark Arnold
I Say, I Say... Son! by Robert McKimson, Jr.
Looney Tunes: The Ultimate Visual Guide by Jerry Beck
Pink Panther: Ultimate Visual Guide by Jerry Beck
Pinnochio: The Making of the Disney Epic by J.B. Kaufman
The 50 Greatest Cartoons by Jerry Beck
The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes Cartoons by Jerry Beck
The Animated Film Encyclopedia by Graham Webb
The Art of Jay Ward Productions by Darrell Van Citters
The Art of Kubo and The Two Strings by Emily Haynes
The Cartoon Music Book by Daniel Goldmark
The Moose That Roared by Keith Scott
The SpongeBob SquarePants Experience by Jerry Beck
Think Pink!: The DePatie Freleng Story by Mark Arnold
Tunes for Toons by Daniel Goldmark
When Magoo Flew by Adam Abraham

So, which books do you guys and girls think I should get?
"With all respect to the great mousetrap."- Popeye, "The Spinach Overture" (1935)
#2 Posted : Tuesday, January 10, 2017 5:37:42 AM(UTC)

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Disney Animation: The Illusion of Life. One of the best books on classics Disney animation written by two of the Nine Old Men. It's regularly $60 but Amazon currently has it discounted to $32.
#3 Posted : Tuesday, January 10, 2017 5:53:56 AM(UTC)

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The Art Of Walt Disney by Christopher Finch

The Enchanted World Of Rankin/Bass 20th Anniversary edition By Rick Goldschmidt (not on Amazon)

The Fleischer Story by Leslie Cabarga (out of print) (although some info in this has been debunked)

The Hanna Barbera Treasury by Jerry Beck

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#4 Posted : Tuesday, January 10, 2017 6:14:47 AM(UTC)
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I haven't finished reading most of these, but some books I have that others haven't listed yet:
  • Walt Disney's Silly Symphonies by Russell Merritt and J.B. Kaufman. The book was recently revised and republished, so now's a good time to get it.
  • Walt in Wonderland by the same authors as the above. It covers Disney's silent-era animation (Alice Comedies, Oswald).
  • Felix: The Twisted Tale of the World's Most Famous Cat by John Canemaker
  • The Walter Lantz Story by Joe Adamson
#5 Posted : Wednesday, January 11, 2017 1:49:26 AM(UTC)

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Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons by Leonard Maltin
Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Guise to the Warner Bros. Cartoons by Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald

Both books are out of print, but if you can find them they're great references.

#6 Posted : Saturday, January 28, 2017 5:27:09 AM(UTC)

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I would also recommend "Hollywood Cartoons: American Animation in Its Golden Age" by Michael Barrier. His book can be infuriating because it has a teleological bent toward Character Animation, as perfected by Disney, and thus shortchanges the surrealism of the Flesichers, but Barrier is unrivaled in showing the greatness of what he likes, and has written the most intelligent critical survey of classic cartoons around.
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