Cartoon Modern: Style and Design in Fifties Animation



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Between the classic films of Walt Disney in the 1940s and the televised cartoon revolution of the 1960s was a critical period in the history of animation. Amid Amidi, of the influential Animation Blast magazine and CartoonBrew blog, charts the evolution of the modern style in animation, which largely discarded the "lifelike" aesthetic for a more graphic and often abstract approach. Abundantly found in commercials, industrial and educational films, fair and expo infotainment, and more, this quickly popular cartoon modernism shared much with the painting and graphic design movements of the era. Showcasing hundreds of rare and forgotten sketches, model boards, cels, and film stills, Cartoon Modern is a thoroughly researched, eye-popping, and delightful account of a vital decade of animation design.

Amid Amidi is the publisher and editor of the magazine Animation Blast and cofounder of the popular animation blog

"Some of the most compelling visual design of the twentieth century resides in these pages... Seeing so much of it in one place makes my head spin." -Tim Biskup.

"Filled with tons of incredible, inspiring, and intimidating artwork... I've been waiting a long, long time for a book like this!" -Craig McCracken, creator of Powerpuff Girls

From the library of James (Jimmy) Hickey, a longtime TV and feature animation background artist. From 1978 to 2009, his credits included Key Background Painter, Background Painter, Background Supervisor, Background Stylist, Key Layout Artist, Background Layout Designer, etc., working primarily for Hanna-Barbera, but also Warner Bros. Cartoon Network, and Disney. He retired in 2009 to paint and teach.


Amid Amidi

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Fine in Near Fine dustjacket (dustjacket spine slightly sunned)



Publishing Information

San Francisco

Physical Description

9.0 inches
11.5 inches
192 pages
250 color and black & white illustrations
pictorial boards

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