Reviews


Here are my reviews of books, films, and video games related to the Golden Age. Each is in alphabetical order. All of the films are "legacy" rather than the classics.

Things are rated on a letter scale A to BC, and D to F.



CARTOONS
I review only "legacy" pictures; that is, animation based on the Golden Age characters.

Features
Looney Tunes: Back in Action (Warner Bros. Feature)
Space Jam (Warner Bros. Feature)

Shorts
Carrotblanca (Warner Bros. Feature)
It's the Cat! (Independent Short)

HOME VIDEO
Here I review the DVDs and Blu-Rays I own.

Disney
Walt Disney Treasures DVD (super-review)

Warner Bros.
Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Vols. 1-6 DVD Box Set

Iwerks and MGM
Droopy and Friends: The Complete Theatrical Collection DVD
Tex Avery Screwball Classics DVD (super-review)
Tom & Jerry Spotlight Collection: Vols. 1-3 DVD Set

Lantz
Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection: The Walter Lantz Archive (super-review)



BOOKS
Here are all the essential Golden Age of Animation history books. All of these books are made up of primary sources, i.e. interviews with the participants or deep research into archives, rather than generic histories or coffeetables.

General Histories
Studio Histories and the Like
The Fleischer Story, Featuring Betty Boop by Leslie Cabarga
Biographies, Memoirs and Personal Accounts
Before the Animation Begins: The Art and Lives of Disney Inspirational Sketch Artists by John Canemaker
A Cast of Friends by Bill Hanna with William Ito
Chuck Reducks: Drawing from the Fun Side of Life by Chuck Jones
Living Life Inside the Lines: Tales from the Golden Age of Animation by Martha Sigall
My Life in 'Toons: From Flatbush to Bedrock in Under a Century by Joe Barbara
Talking Animals and Other People by Shamus Culhane
Walt Disney and Assorted Other Characters by Jack Kinney
Walt Disney: Triumph of the American Imagination by Neal Gaber

Analysis Books
Animating Culture: Cartoons in the Sound Era by Eric Smoodin


Dedicated to Winsor, for starting it; to Walt, for refining it; and to Tex, for expanding it.