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Published to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the Warner Bros. Studios, this album features authentic animation art of everyone's favorite characters. More than 300 color illustrations trace the evolution of the uniquely American art form through the development and growth of the Warner Bros. Published to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the Warner Bros. Studios, this album features authentic animation art of everyone's favorite characters. More than 300 color illustrations trace the evolution of the uniquely American art form through the development and growth of the Warner Bros.


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Published to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the Warner Bros. Studios, this album features authentic animation art of everyone's favorite characters. More than 300 color illustrations trace the evolution of the uniquely American art form through the development and growth of the Warner Bros. Published to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the Warner Bros. Studios, this album features authentic animation art of everyone's favorite characters. More than 300 color illustrations trace the evolution of the uniquely American art form through the development and growth of the Warner Bros.

30 review for Warner Bros. Animation Art: The Characters, the Creators, the Limited Editions

  1. 4 out of 5

    Fazzz14

    Warner Bros released this book trying to do what Disney did with The Illusion Of Life: an elegant, classy, quality book narrating the behind-the-scene of the WB animation, their art and history. The book is great, but you will be a little disappointed if you read it after The Illusion Of Life. The difference is obvious though, not only about the writing style but even the information: the Disney book was written by two of the "nine old men", artists that lived and worked under Walt Disney during Warner Bros released this book trying to do what Disney did with The Illusion Of Life: an elegant, classy, quality book narrating the behind-the-scene of the WB animation, their art and history. The book is great, but you will be a little disappointed if you read it after The Illusion Of Life. The difference is obvious though, not only about the writing style but even the information: the Disney book was written by two of the "nine old men", artists that lived and worked under Walt Disney during the Golden Age of animation, and know everything about the history of the studio, the arts, the technical aspects, and knew Walt, the genius, the boss, personally. The WB book instead is written by an animation historian, which would not be an issue itself if he wrote in a more enthusiastic way. When you read Leonard Maltin's Of Mice And Magic you can feel his absolute love and fascination for animation, for the characters and the technical aspects; but Jerry Beck is not like that: the information are there but it's all a bit dry, like a Wikipedia article. As I said the information are there, about the history of the studio, the characters and the main animators, and they will totally satisfy and educate the casual reader; but for the animation lover who read Of Mice and Magic and hoped to find here a WB treasure it will be a bit of a let down, with no real deep behind-the-scene anecdotes and creative insights that one didn't already know. Where the book shines though, and it is the greater part, is with the tons of original pictures. Really, the pictures are everywhere, they explode in every page; wonderful, colorful, and almost as big as the whole page. Marvelous stuff. That's why I think the book wanted to be more than what it turn out to be: it shows all its potential, it is beautiful, but it lacks heart and sophistication. So, if you are a casual reader, and a WB toon enthusiast, you will love this book and learn a lot. If you expect a WB version of Illusion Of Life, a charming voyage among the talent, the creative arts and the laughs of Looney Tunes, you can be disappointed. But no doubt it's really beautiful book to flip through.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dean

    I found this book at my local Half Price Books, and being a huge fan of animation, I couldn't resist it. I'm pleased to say that I wasn't disappointed because this is a wonderful history of Warner Brothers' animation, from their beginnings with Bosko to the mid 1990s. The characters we all know and love are each looked at in turn, giving us information on their origins and how they evolved. The book also contains short bios of the legendary animators who gave us these characters, such as Bob Cla I found this book at my local Half Price Books, and being a huge fan of animation, I couldn't resist it. I'm pleased to say that I wasn't disappointed because this is a wonderful history of Warner Brothers' animation, from their beginnings with Bosko to the mid 1990s. The characters we all know and love are each looked at in turn, giving us information on their origins and how they evolved. The book also contains short bios of the legendary animators who gave us these characters, such as Bob Clampett, Friz Freleng, Tex Avery, Chuck Jones, and many others. While I found the bios fascinating, they are also my one point of contention with this book; as these animators are so revered, their bios are somewhat romanticized. Some of the stickier spots are essentially ignored, particularly the circumstances that led Jones to leave Warner Bros. The book gives the reason for his departure as his "changing interests", which is probably partially true, but it is nonetheless a lie by omission because it ignores the truth. Jones was fired from Warner Bros. because he and his wife made the UPA film "Gay Purr-ee" in violation of his contract. For a book wanting to present an honest telling of the history of WB animation, this seems a rather glaring fact to omit, and it is why I can't give the book five stars. That being said, I still very much enjoyed this book. Like most people, I grew up watching Looney Tunes on Saturday mornings, and the characters hold a special place in my heart. I have long been fascinated by animation in general, and you can't talk about this field without talking about Looney Tunes. This book has a place on the shelf of any fan of classic WB animation as well as students of animation.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Grace Best-Page

    Fun and informative - good for any Loony Tune-a-holic.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Laura

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tristan

  6. 5 out of 5

    John

  7. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

  8. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mike Jozic

  10. 4 out of 5

    Chris

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cameron

  12. 5 out of 5

    Heather Gibson

  13. 4 out of 5

    Steven C.

  14. 5 out of 5

    David Sage Johnson

  15. 5 out of 5

    G.W.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Peter Hale

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kenzie

  18. 5 out of 5

    Maria

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    Dominik Gruber

  20. 5 out of 5

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    Ron Crisostomo

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

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    Pat

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    Katie Buck

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    Richard Gombert

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    Samuel

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    Mahesh Babu

  29. 4 out of 5

    Evan Tedlock

  30. 5 out of 5

    Chris

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