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Disney's ILLUSION OF LIFE tops best animation books poll

Animation-Books.com, in association with ANiMATO!, the animation magazine,has announced the results of an internet poll of the best animation booksof all time, and THE ILLUSION OF LIFE: DISNEY ANIMATION by Frank Thomas andOllie Johnston tops the list. While the list may be biased toward morerecent, easily available English publications, few would argue that this,for once, is a solid list, and every title belongs in one's animationlibrary. According to Animation-Books.com, "Polling for theAnimation-Books/ANiMATO list of the 10 Greatest Animation Books wasconducted via email votes during the summer of 1999. Voters includedanimators, animation historians, authors, professors, and booksellers, withmany of these same voters recognized as members of the Society forAnimation Studies (SAS) or ASIFA. Votes were received from North America,South America, Europe and Australia. A majority of the voters speak Englishas their first language or are residents of the United States, certainly afactor in the prevalence of American titles in the top ten, though a greatdeal of votes from outside the US were, in fact, cast for American books,reflecting a bias that is apparently not exclusively American. Voters wereasked to submit ten votes in ranked order. Poll results were tabulated byTom Klein, editor of Animation-Books.com, and Patrick Duquette, editor of ANiMATO magazine." Theresults follow. For more information, including a list of all the booksmentioned by pollsters, visit www.animation-books.com.

1. THE ILLUSION OF LIFE: DISNEY ANIMATION (1981) by Frank Thomas and OllieJohnston

2. OF MICE AND MAGIC (1980) by Leonard Maltin

3. HOLLYWOOD CARTOONS (1999) by Michael Barrier

4. CARTOONS: 100 YEARS OF CINEMA ANIMATION (1994) by Giannalberto Bendazzi

5. BEFORE MICKEY (1982) by Donald Crafton

6. CARTOON ANIMATION (1994) by Preston Blair

7. TALKING ANIMALS AND OTHER PEOPLE (1986) by Shamus Culhane

8. WALT IN WONDERLAND (1992) by Russell Merritt and J.B. Kaufman

9. WINSOR MCCAY: HIS LIFE AND ART (1987) by John Canemaker

10. TEX AVERY: KING OF CARTOONS (1975) by Joe Adamson

RUNNERS UP:

ANIMATED CARTOONS (1920) by Edwin G. Lutz

THE ANIMATION BOOK (1979) by Kit Laybourne

ART IN MOTION: ANIMATION AESTHETICS (1998) by Maureen Furniss

THE ART OF WALT DISNEY (1942) by Robert D. Feild

BEFORE THE ANIMATION BEGINS (1996) by John Canemaker

EMILE COHL, CARICATURE, AND FILM (1990) by Donald Crafton

EXPERIMENTAL ANIMATION: ORIGINS OF A NEW ART (1976) by Robert Russett andCecile Starr

FELIX: THE TWISTED TALE OF THE WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS CAT (1991) by John Canemaker

THE FLEISCHER STORY (1976) by Leslie Cabarga

LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES (1989) by Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald

Most of these as well as other animation-related texts are available in theAWN Store.

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