Bibliography of Animation
As of September 10, 2011

Following is a list of books and magazines
that I've used for my various animation research projects.


Animation History

  • World History
    • Jerry Beck, The Animated Movie Guide. Chicago: A Capella, 2005.
    • Jerry Beck, general editor, Animation Art: From Pencil to Pixel, the History of Cartoon, Anime & CGI. New York: Harper Design International, 2004.
    • Jerry Beck, Outlaw Animation: Cutting-Edge Cartoons from the Spike & Mike Festivals. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2003.
    • Giannalberto Bendazzi, Cartoons: One Hundred Years of Cinema Animation (Cartoons: Il Cinema d'Animazione, 1888-1988), Anna Taraboletti-Segre, trans. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 1994.
    • Stephen Cavalier, The World History of Animation. Berkley, California: University of California Press, 2011.
    • Donald Crafton, Before Mickey: The Animated Film, 1898-1928, rev.ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993.
    • Bruno Edera, Full Length Animated Feature Films. London: Focal Press, 1977.
    • Liz Faber and Helen Walters, Animation Unlimited : Innovative Short Films Since 1940. New York, Harper Design International, 2004.
    • John Grant, Masters of Animation. New York: Watson-Guptill Publications, 2001.
    • John Halas, Masters of Animation. London: BBC Books, 1987.
    • Ray Harryhausen and Tony Dalton, A Century of Stop Motion Animation: From Mélès to Aardman. New York: Watson-Guptil Publications, 2008.
    • L. Bruce Holman, Puppet Animation in the Cinema: History and Technique. South Brunswick and New York: A. S. Barnes and Company, 1975.
    • Jeff Lenburg, Who's Who in Animated Cartoons: An International Guide to Film and Television's Award-Winning and Legendary Animators. New York: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, 2006.
    • Ralph Stephenson, The Animated Film. New York: A. S. Barnes, 1973.
    • Julius Wiedemann, editor, Animation Now!. Los Angeles: Taschen, 2004.

  • North America
    • Canada
      • Karen Mazurkewich, Cartoon Capers: The History of Canadian Animators. Toronto: McArthur & Company, 1999.
      • Gene Walz, Cartoon Charlie: The Life and Art of Animation Pioneer Charles Thorson. Winnipeg, Canada: Great Plains Publications, 1998.
    • United States
      • Joe Adamson, The Walter Lantz Story with Woody Woodpecker and Friends. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1985.
      • Michael Barrier, Hollywood Cartoons: American Animation in Its Golden Age. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.
      • Leslie Cabarga, The Fleischer Story, rev. ed. New York: DaCapo Press, 1988.
      • John Canemaker, Before the Animation Begins: The Art and Lives of Disney Inspirational Sketch Artists. New York: Hyperion, 1996.
      • John Canemaker, Felix: The Twisted Tale of the World's Most Famous Cat. New York: Da Capo Press, 1996.
      • John Canemaker, Paper Dreams: The Art & Artists of Disney Storyboards. New York: Hyperion, 1999.
      • John Canemaker, Tex Avery : The MGM Years, 1942-1955. Atlanta, Georgia: Turner Publications, 1996.
      • John Canemaker, Walt Disney's Nine Old Men & The Art of Animation. New York: Disney Editions, 2001.
      • John Canemaker, Winsor McCay: His Life and Art. New York: Abbeville Press, 1987.
      • Hal Erickson, Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949-1993. Jefferson City, North Carolina: McFarland, 1995.
      • Hal Erickson, Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 through 2003, Second Edition. Jefferson City, North Carolina: McFarland, 2005.
      • Richard Fleischer, Out of the Ink Well: Max Fleisher and the Animation Revolution. Lexington, Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky, 2005.
      • Michael Frierson, Clay Animation: American Highlights 1908 to the Present. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1994.
      • Rick Goldschmidt, The Enchanted World of Rankin/Bass: A Portfolio. Washington: Tiger Mountain Press, 1997.
      • Richard Hollis and Brian Sibley, Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs & The Making of the Classic Film. New York: Hyperion, 1997.
      • John Hopkins, Shrek From the Swamp to the Screen. New York, Harry N. Abrams, 2004.
      • Leslie Iwerks and John D. Kenworthy, The Hand Behind the Mouse : An Intimate Biography of Ub Iwerks. New York: Disney Edition, 2001.
      • Tim Lawson and Alisa Persons, The Magic Behind the Voices: A Who's Who of Cartoon Voice Actors. Jackson, Mississippi: University Press of Mississippi, 2004.
      • Jeff Lenberg, The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoon Series. New York: Da Capo 1981.
      • Jeff Lenberg, The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. New York: Facts on File, 1991.
      • Jeff Lenberg, The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons, second edition. New York: Checkmark Books, 1999.
      • Leonard Maltin, Of Mice and Magic : A History of American Animated Cartoons, rev.ed.. New York : New American Library, 1987.
      • Allan Neuwirth, Makin' Toons: Inside the Most Popular Animated TV Shows and Features. New York, Allworth Press, 2003.
      • Steve Schneider, That's All Folks! The Art of Warner Bros. Animation. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1988.
      • Charles Solomon, Enchanted Drawings: The History of Animation, rev.ed. New York: Wings Books, 1994.
      • Bob Thomas, Walt Disney: An American Original. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1976.
      • Frank Thompson, Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas: The Film, the Art, the Vision. New York: Hyperion, 1993.
      • Graham Webb, The Animated Film Encyclopedia: A Complete Guide to American Shorts, Features and Sequences, 1900-1979. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland, 2000.
      • George W. Woolery, Animated TV Specials: The Complete Directory to the First Twenty-Five Years, 1962-1987. Metuchen, New Jersey: Scarecrow Press, 1989.

  • Asia
    • General
      • John A. Lent, ed. Animation in Asia and the Pacific, Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2001.
    • Japan
      • Andrea Baricordi, Massimiliano de Giovanni, Andrea Pietroni, Barbara Rossi, and Sabrina Tunesi, Anime: A Guide to Japanese Animation (1958-1988) (Anime, Guida Al Cinema D'Animazione Giapponese), Adeline D'Opera, trans., Claude J. Pelletier, ed. Montreal, Canada: Protoculture, 2000.
      • Anime Poster Book. Tokyo, Japan: cocoro, 2003.
      • Jonathan Clements and Helen McCarthy, The Anime Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese Animation Since 1917. Berkeley, California: Stone Bridge Press, 2001.
      • Jonathan Clements and Helen McCarthy, The Anime Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese Animation Since 1917, Rev. & expanded ed. Berkeley, California: Stone Bridge Press, 2006.
      • Fred Patten, Watching Anime, Reading Manga : 25 Years of Essays and Reviews. Berkeley, California: Stone Bridge Press, 2004.
      • Trish Ledoux and Doug Ranney, The Complete Anime Guide: Japanese Animation Film Directory and Resource Guide, 2nd edition. Issaquah, Washington: Tiger Mountain Press, 1997.
      • Helen McCarthy, 500 Essential Anime Movies: The Ultimate Guide. Lewes, East Sussex: Ilex, 2008.
      • Helen McCarthy, Anime! A Beginner's Guide to Japanese Animation. London: Titan Books, 1993.
      • Helen McCarthy, The Anime! Movie Guide. London: Titan Books, 1996.
      • Helen McCarthy and Jonathan Clements, The Erotic Anime Movie Guide. Woodstock, New York: Overlook Press, 1999.
      • Helen McCarthy, Hayao Miyazaki, Master of Japanese Animation: Films, Themes, Artistry. Berkley, California: Stone Bridge Press, 1999.
      • Brian Ruh, Stray Dog of Anime: The Films of Mamoru Oshii. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.
      • Katsunori Yamaguchi and Yasushi Watanabe, Nihon Animeshon Eigasha (The History of Japanese Animation). Osaka, Japan: Yubunsha, 1977.
        (also Supplement (1977-1987)
    • Viet Nam
      • Hoang Thanh, ed., Danh muc Phim Hoat Hinh Viet Nam 1960-1990 (Catalogue of Vietnamese Animated Cartoon Films 1960-1990). Vietnam Film Institute, 1993.

  • Europe
    • France
      • Donald Crafton, Emile Cohl, Caricature, and Film. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1990.
    • Great Britain
      • Benjamin Cook and Gary Thomas, editors, the animate! book: rethinking animation. London: Lux,[2006].
      • Denis Gifford, British Animated Films, 1895-1985: a Filmography. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland, 1987.
      • Roger Manvell, Art & Animation: The Story of Halas & Batchelor Animation Studio 1940/1980. New York: Hasting's House, 1980.
      • Timothy Shaner and Mark Salisbury, Tim Burton's Corpse Bride: Invitation to the Wedding. New York: Newmarket Press, 2005.
    • Poland
      • Marcin Gizycki, Polish Animated Film. Telewizja Polska, 2003.
    • Russia
      • David MacFadyen, Yellow Crocodiles and Blue Oranges: Russian Animated Film Since World War Two. Montreal & Kingston, McGill-Queen's University Press, 2005.
    • Spain
      • Jose Maria Candel, Historia del Dibujo Animado Espanol. Filmoteca Regional de Murcia, 1993.

Animation Theory

  • Alan Cholodenko, editor, The Illusion of Life: Essays on Animation, Sydney: Power Publications, 1991.
  • Maureen Furniss, Art in Motion: Animation Aesthetics. London: John Libbey & Company, 1998.
  • Esther Leslie, Hollywood Flatlands: Animation, Critical Theory and the Avant-Garde, London: Verso, 2002.
  • Paul Wells, Understanding Animation. New York: Routledge, 1998.


  • Animation Magazine. Agoura Hills, California: Animation Magazine.
  • Animato! The Animation Fan's Magazine. Monson, Massachusetts: Animato.
  • Anime FX. London: Ashdown Publishing, 1995-1996.
  • Animerica. San Francisco: Viz Communications, 1992-.
  • Manga Max. London: Titan Magazines,
  • Newtype. Tokyo: Kodakowa Shoten.
  • Newtype USA. Houston, Texas: A.D. Vision.
  • Protoculture Addicts. Montreal: Protoculture Enr.
  • Toon. Simi Valley, California: Black Bear Press.

Note: Unfortunately I lack the time or resources to help people find copies of the books and magazines on this list. I have put together a web List of Online Video and Book Stores that will be useful to find copies in the United States. There are other similar stores on the Internet around the world that might be able to supply books and magazines that are desired. Check my Animation on the World Wide Web pages for links to animation studios and other Internet resources that may have further information. I am not involved in trading materials from my own collection. I am still trying to find books to add to my own reference collection.

Because of these circumstances I will not respond to requests for help to find these types of materials.


Last update: September 10, 2011
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