Television Cartoon Shows: The shows, M-Z
This comprehensive reference to TV cartoon shows covers some 75 years. In the decade or so since the first edition, the industry has grown and expanded to previously unimagined heights, thanks in great part to the upsurge of cable TV services catering to animation fans. In the ten-year period from 1993 through 2003, nearly 450 new cartoon series have premiered in the U.S.Alphabetically arranged by title, the book discusses each cartoon show in detail, providing full production credits and offering commentary on such elements as development, characters, style, and the shows significance in the overall scheme of television animation.The encyclopedia is published as a set of two volumes. Volume 1 includes the preface, introduction, and entries from A through L. Volume 2 includes entries from M through Z, the bibliography, and index. Replacement volumes can be obtained individually under ISBN 0786422556 (for Volume 1, $45) and ISBN 0786422564 (for Volume 2, $45).
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Television cartoon shows: an illustrated encyclopedia, 1949 through 1993User Review - Book Verdict
Students of animation as well as baby boomers who grew up with television will particularly appreciate this admirable reference. Erickson, the author of several previous books on various aspects of media history (e.g., Syndicated Television, LJ 8/1/89), has done exhaustive research and, introductory witticisms to the contrary, has obviously relished every moment. He begins this massive work with a brief history that, in an entertaining style, includes impressively researched details and a perceptive look at the influence of social and industry trends on the character and content of cartoon shows (merchandising, dictums on violence, societal models, and artistic restrictions, to name a few). This is followed by a treasure trove of alphabetical show listings (from the forgotten Winky Dink and You to the controversial The Simpsons)--each packed with production information. For reference libraries with large media collections.--Carol J. Binkowski, Bloomfield, N.J.