Warner Bros. Animation Art
The Characters * The Creators * The Limited Editions

by Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald

The all-time classic cartoons are brought to life in these wonderful pages

This is a special Beaux Arts reprint edition available at a discounted price in limited quantities only.

Who hasn't spent a Saturday morning with the zany Bugs Bunny, whose calm logic and sanity serve only to infuriate his rivals evermore? Who hasn't grimaced at Wile E. Coyote's relentless but fruitless pursuit of his nemesis, the Road Runner? Who doesn't smile thinking of Daffy Duck, Porky, Pig, Yosemite Sam, or Sylvester and Tweety? Warner Bros.Animation Art is a celebration of the artistry behind our favorite cartoons, and the animators whose magnificent skill breathed life into these creations.

Years ago animation art was not recognized as fine art and was routinely destroyed or discarded. Today, animators are considered artists of extraordinary skill, and animation art is a popular and high-priced collectible. Authors Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald trace the evolution of this uniquely American art form through the development and growth of the Warner Bros. studios and the fertile minds that transformed early twentieth-century cartoons and comic strips into well-loved walking, talking characters with defined personalities.

Published to coincide with the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Warner Bros. studios, Warner Bros. Animation Art is an album of authentic animation art showing everyone's favorite characters and featuring over 300 color illustrations--original sketches and drawings and original and limited edition cels. It includes a catalogue of Warner Bros. animation art and a timeline of important dates and "firsts" in Warner Bros. animation history. It looks back at the first artists, directors, and creative minds of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies--Leon Schlesinger, Tex Avery, Friz Freleng, Chuck Jones, Bob Clampett, Mel Blanc, and others--and forward in the 1990s to the technology of super-director Steven Spielberg and his development of the Animaniacs, and the Hare Jordan persona of America's favorite rabbit.


10 5/8 x 12 1/2 in., 240 pages
ISBN: 0-88363-360-4

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