A number of animation books have recently been released just in time for the holiday season. Great Plains Publications has published Gene Walz's "Cartoon Charlie: The Life and Art of Animation Pioneer Charles Thorson," a detailed biography of the Golden Age animation artist filled with many never-before-seen illustrations. Other recently published books include Paul Dini and Chip Kidd's "Batman Animated" (Harper Prism), Jan Breslauer's "The Making of the Rugrat's Movie" (published by Klasky-Csupo, distributed by Simon and Schuster), Peter Lord and Brian Sibley's "Creating 3D Animation: The Aardman Book of Filmmaking" (Harry N. Abrams) published as "Cracking Animation" (Thames and Hudson) in the UK, Michael Mallory's "Hanna-Barbara Cartoons" (Hugh Lauter Levin Associates), and Les Daniel's "Superman: The Complete History" (Chronicle Books) which celebrates the 60th anniversary of DC's Man of Steel in all media including his animated incarnations.
Upcoming Titles: There's also a number of interesting animation books scheduled for release in the near future including "The Art of Klasky-Csupo," "Igor Kovalyov: A Director's Notebook" (Klasky-Csupo Publishing), Michael Barrier's long-awaited authoritative book on the Golden Age of US Animation, "The Magical Art: Hollywood Animation In Its Golden Age" (Oxford University Press), and Pierre Lambert's "Mickey Mouse" (Hyperion), a glossy art book companion to Lambert's 1997 "Pinocchio" book.
Many of these books will be reviewed in upcoming issues of Animation World Magazine. Read what Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas had to say about Pierre Lambert's "Pinocchio" in "An Afternoon with Ollie Johnston, Frank Thomas and Pinocchio" by Charles Solomon.
Also remember that books can be ordered through the Animation World Bookstore.