Forgot to mention this

Posted: February 20, 2008

9 more days till the end of February!

Anyway, in the hustle and bustle of redesigning the site and adding new things, I forgot to mention a new book for all you animation historians/fans. It's called Stepping into the Picture: Cartoon Designer Maurice Noble

Here is the press release:
Animation genius mastered techniques with Warner Bros., Disney, Dr. Seuss

Fans of animated cartoons find unforgettable the panoramas behind What's Opera, Doc? and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Maurice Noble (1911-2001) pioneered the methods that made "stepping into the picture" not just a visual goal but a high water mark of sophistication in the Golden Age of Animation.

Stepping into the Picture: Cartoon Designer Maurice Noble (University Press of Mississippi) is the first book to provide an in-depth examination of the extraordinary personal journey of one of the pioneers of animation. In a career spanning seven decades, Noble developed a unique creative philosophy that enabled him to play an integral role in making many of the finest and best-loved animated films ever made, including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century.

Robert J. McKinnon presents an insider's view of the workings of the celebrated Disney Studio from its earliest days. Readers are able to follow Noble's career from its infancy to the triumph of the groundbreaking animated feature Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and up to the notorious strike that irrevocably changed it. This book discusses Noble's unlikely but fortuitous pairing with Theodore Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss) and Col. Frank Capra. These three helped create inspirational films produced for U.S. Armed Forces.

Noble's best known and most highly regarded work took place at the Warner Bros. Studio. His long and fruitful collaboration there with the legendary director Chuck Jones is examined as never before.

Stepping into the Picture is filled with humorous anecdotes, includes 20 black-and-white pictures, and heretofore never-revealed details. Fans of animated films will be able to go "behind the scenes" and learn how many of their favorite cartoons were created.

Robert J. McKinnon is director of choral music at New Hyde Park Memorial High School. His work has appeared in Comics Journal, Comic Book Marketplace, In Toon Magazine, and Comic Buyer's Guide. Craig McCracken is an accomplished animated caroon artist, writer, director, and producer. He is the creator of The Powerpuff Girls and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.

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