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The World History of Animation

Stephen Cavalier (Author), Sylvain Chomet (Foreword)

Available in NAmerica, US and Territories

Hardcover, 416 pages
ISBN: 9780520261129
September 2011
Lavishly illustrated and encyclopedic in scope, The World History of Animation tells the genre’s 100-year-old story around the globe, featuring key players in Europe, North America, and Asia. From its earliest days, animation has developed multiple iterations and created myriad dynamic styles, innovative techniques, iconic characters, and memorable stories. Stephen Cavalier’s comprehensive account is organized chronologically and covers pioneers, feature films, television programs, digital films, games, independent films, and the web. An exhaustive time line of films and innovations acts as the narrative backbone, and must-see films are listed along with synopses and in-depth biographies of individuals and studios. The book explains the evolution of animation techniques, from rotoscoping to refinements of cel techniques, direct film, claymation, and more. A true global survey, The World History of Animation is an exciting and inspirational journey through the large and still-expanding animation universe—a place as limitless as the human imagination.

• A comprehensive international history of animation, featuring all genres,

styles, media, and techniques

• Features film, television, and web-based animation

• Illustrated in full color throughout

• Includes comprehensive biographies of leading practitioners
Stephen Cavalier has worked in the animation and games industries for two decades. An animator, writer, and director, he has worked as an Animation Director for Disney TV shows and been part of the animation team at Steven Spielberg’s Amblimation. He also works as an animator, writer, and director through his own company, Spy Pictures.
“The narrative, which nicely ties together the history and reproduced images, is almost epic as it showcases the evolution of animation techniques that are the core of the genre. Cavalier also includes a list of essential films with synopses and relevant biographies. Photographs are well placed throughout the book and add interest. . . . Well packaged, with a meticulous layout, it is easy on the eyes and fun to read. A great addition.”—Library Journal
“All animation aficionados will want this beautiful volume for their personal collections.”—Choice
“A fascinating journey through the more unusual and unheard of artists whose creations have caused wonderment and controversy around the world, as well as offering new insight into old favorites.”—Subtitledonline
“The World History of Animation, chock full of gorgeous illustrations, will thrill anyone with the slightest interest in the subject. Cavalier’s comprehensive guide covers a hundred years of the genre, including contributions circling the globe from Europe to North America to Asia.”—Angela Matano Campus Circle
“With an exhaustive scope and luxurious illustrations, Stephen Cavalier’s 416-page tome is the kind of resource book you’ll find yourself returning to over and over again. This comprehensive volume offers a nice roundup of all the important works of animation.”—Animation Mag

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