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A Celebration of Animation: The 100 Greatest Cartoon Characters in Television History

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Few morose thoughts permeate the brain when Yosemite Sam calls Bugs Bunny a "long-eared galut" or a frustrated Homer Simpson blurts out his famous catch-word, "D'oh!" A Celebration of Animation explores the best-of-the-best cartoon characters from the 1920s to the 21st century. Casting a wide net, it includes characters both serious and humorous, and ranging from silly to ...more
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Published March 15th 2018 by Lyons Press
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Sophie Crane
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: film-tv, favorites
I knew I was going to love this book when it had Beast Boy from Teen Titans and the Joker/Harley Quinn team from the original Batman animated series RIGHT ON THE COVER! Of course there are classics in the book such as Tom & Jerry, Astro Boy, Space Ghost and Alvin & the Chipmunks, so it's not just for Generation Yers (Zs? Millennials? What even am I anymore?). What's more is that you get trivia about who voiced the cartoons, changes made during respective seasons, the kinds of music used for more ...more
Diane Lynn
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a lot of fun and brought back a lot of great memories. I do think it could benefit from an index.
Hold up....Jokey Smurf is on here, but Papa Smurf or Smurfette isn't? Donald Duck, Scrooge Mcduck AND Darkwing Duck make an appearance, but Jem and Tiny Toons are no where to be seen. Penny is here, but not Inspector Gadget? How about Danger Mouse AND Count Duckula, but no Bananaman? A lot of the entries are multiple characters (i.e., Shaggy and Scooby Doo), while others are inexplicably on their own (i.e., Alvin with no Chipmunks, Baby Gonzo instead of Muppy Babies...the explanations really don ...more
Jaime Guzman
I'm a huge animation fan and when buying a coffee table sized book on the subject of animation you would think it would be filled with tons of pics and drawings of your favorite characters. It doesn't. The book covers 100 animated characters and at the very least it should have 100 pics for each character. Sadly this is not the case either. What I did enjoy is there are bits of trivia and history about the characters and a well thought out decisions on the author's rankings such as why Bugs Bunn ...more
Ben Baker
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I disagreed with a number of the decisions but was fascinated by many of the reasons given, alongside learning some great trivia.
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author was presenting at our local library to get his book out, I erred on the time and only heard about 15 minutes. What I heard led me to read the book, which was available at the library on my way out.
He knows his stuff, I found it a fun read, and did learn new information.
I agree with the reader who had a complaint that there were not enough pictures of the cartoons.
From before the book's half way point, there's no guarantee there will be a picture of one of the 100 top cartoon character
Judy Aulik
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cartoons
Even clearing my mind of all the times I thought, "What is this writer thinking, not including ...?", I truly disliked this work. First of all, about a quarter of the entries had no image of the character discussed. Come on, it's a visual art. It needs pictures to describe it.
Secondly, it's repetitive. Each entry begins with a brief description. However, the summary essentially repeats the phrasing of the main description.
Third, there's a lot of white space on most pages. Take out the blanks an
May 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this large oversized book, the author ranks 100 cartoon characters. In each entry, we have some trivia, a brief history and the reason why the character is ranked the way they are. The book is put together very nicely sans one major hiccup, the lack of photos. There were a few characters I wasn't fully familiar with and a photo didn't help. I also didn't agree with a lot of the rankings which is to be expected with this sort of book. ...more
Brianne Friend
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I heard this author speak at my local library he was very nice and down to earth. This was cute read that could be shared with the whole family. Also very well researched.
Mattie Richards
had solid information about characters and fun facts, needed more pictures and animation facts
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MARTIN (MARTY) GITLIN is a freelance book writer and journalist based in Cleveland, Ohio. In addition to Diana, Princess of Wales (Greenwood 2008), he has written several history books for students, including works on the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case, Battle of The Little Bighorn, and Stock Market Crash of 1929. He has also written biographies of NASCAR drivers Jimmie Johnson and Jeff ...more

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