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Crafton, Donald: Before Mickey. The Animated Film, 1898–1928. 2. Aufl. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1993. (413 S.) 
Resource type: Book
Languages: englisch
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 0-226-11667-0
BibTeX citation key: Crafton1982
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Felix the Cat", Animation, Cohl. Emile, Historischer Überblick, McCay. Winsor, Messmer. Otto, Randformen des Comics
Creators: Crafton
Publisher: Univ. of Chicago Press (Chicago)
Abstract
This witty and fascinating study reminds us that there was animation before Disney: about thirty years of creativity and experimentation flourishing in such extraordinary work as Gertie the Dinosaur and Felix the CatBefore Mickey, the first and only in-depth history of animation from 1898–1928, includes accounts of mechanical ingenuity, marketing and art. Crafton is equally adept at explaining techniques of sketching and camera work, evoking characteristic styles of such pioneering animators as Winsor McCay and Ladislas Starevitch, placing work in its social and economic context, and unraveling the aesthetic impact of specific cartoons.

Table of Contents

Otto Messmer: Foreword (xv)
Preface (xvii)

Animation: Myth, Magic, and Industry (3)
1. The Secret of the Haunted Hotel (13)
2. From Comic Strip and Blackboard to Screen (35)
3. The First Animator: Emile Cohl (59)
4. “Watch Me Move!” The Films of Winsor McCay (89)
5. The Henry Ford of Animation: John Randolph Bray (137)
6. The Animation “Shops” (169)
7. Commercial Animation in Europe (217)
8. Automated Art (259)
9. Felix; or, Feline Felicity (301)
Conclusion (347)

Notes (351)
Afterword, Errata, and Update (373)
Selected Bibliography (381)
Index (397)


  
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