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LOONEY TUNES AND MERRIE MELODIES: A COMPLETE ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO THE WARNER BROTHERS CARTOONS


For all cartoon fans, this book is a necessity. In a step up from Maltin's own filmography in Of Mice and Magic (compiled by Jerry Beck too!), this book is an entire listing of every single cartoon made at the Warner Bros. studio, and is so thorough it even includes the Private Snafus and the weirdest of TV specials (except Daffy Duck and Porky Pig Meet the Groovie Goolies, because it's a crossover and wildly unpopular). The only stuff not here is the Seaman Hook films, which must've been discovered later on or something. 

Each film is given a brief summary, the Thirties and Fifties by Friedwald and everything else by Blanc. Many of the descriptions of the stinkers are funnier than the cartoons, such as Beck's putdowns of Good Night Elmer and Friedwald's of the Sloane Foundation-funded trilogy (By Word of Mouse, Heir-Conditioned, and Yankee Dood It). 

Oddly, there is no criticism for the DePatie-Freleng and Bill Hendricks films. Why I don't know; I think Beck doesn't like them. Additionally he heavily criticizes basically every Norm McCabe cartoon, saying that they have "weak gags", while I feel the opposite-they have some of the best in all of Warners cartoons. Again, he never criticizes the really bad era.

As with many of Beck's books, there are a plethora of typos (one of which is "rabbbit"). I don't necessarily think Beck is a sloppy writer, but rather his editor. He needs to get a new one! This is actually the only problem I have, since everything else is perfect!

Overall, an essential part of life for anybody who laughs!

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2 comments:

  1. Most books are badly proofread nowadays, and Jerry Beck's are far from the worst offenders. Part of the problem is that text looks so good on a computer screen that the typos are easy to overlook. It was easier to catch them in the old days, when writers had to go over their copy with a red pen.

    Being a compulsive proofreader myself, I hope you don't mind if I point out that the co-author's name is Friedwald, I before E. Feel free to make the correction and delete this paragraph afterwards.

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    1. Yeah. Old-fashioned writing was way superior. I read all 3000 pages of Shelby Foote's Civil War trilogy and didn't find a single typo. He apparently spent all night after dinner reading books and writing with pen and ink, then typing it in, and sending it to Random House for editing.

      I'm glad you point out my errors. I'm glad people find my work good enough to scrutinize! I'll most likely make you one of my proofreaders for my book, especially since you'll be the only one who's a cartoon fan. I'm not including any footnotes/endnotes because the sources for this stuff is so little that whole chapters will be solely based on Adamson's Tex book and Kinney's Walt Disney and Assorted Other Characters, but there will be an old-fashioned bibliographical essay.

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