SERIOUS BUSINESS: The Art and Commerce of Animation in America from Betty Boop to Toy Story

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9780684800790: SERIOUS BUSINESS: The Art and Commerce of Animation in America from Betty Boop to Toy Story

A humorous and thorough guide to the evolution of American film animation also explores the parallel changes in twentieth-century culture and politics, using everything from Walt Disney to Beavis and Butthead as examples. 25,000 first printing.

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The business behind creating and producing comics, cartoons, or, specifically, animation is nothing short of fascinating. More than a "behind the scenes" book or a "tell all" expose, Serious Business is a great find for this reason: it places an emphasis on the creative people in the industry. To quote the dust cover: "The history of animation is the story of its geniuses. Serious Business disperses the clouds created by decades of received wisdom, bogus myth-making, and corporate propaganda to reveal a cast of characters whose entertainment value exceeds that of their creations."

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Stefan Kanfer is the author of six previous books. His articles and reviews have appeared in many major magazines, particularly Time, for which he was a writer and editor for more than twenty years. He lives in Westchester County, New York.

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