Celebrating Stephen Cavalier’s marvellous book, The World History of Animation, we are offering you the chance to win a copy of this must have publication by simply sending us the name (and a weblink if you like) of your favourite animation to @AnimateObserver on Twitter. The Observer team will choose the winning entry on the 26 April, so get tweeting.
The World History of Animation is divided into three parts: studio, television and digital. It provides a great overview from forgotten pioneers to the dedicated masters and references right the way up to the near present including Toy Story 3 and The Illusionist both released in 2010.
The book is a strong resource tool providing a broad range of information into the development and progression of animation over the decades. It provides film titles, animation highlights, awards, artists’ biographies and references to other useful books and important websites for further exploration into the genre of animation, contextualizing each animated film place within the cultural times of society.
Animate Projects personal favorites from the book include:
Norman McLaren’s Neighbours, 1952:
George Dunning’s Yellow Submarine 1968:
Terry Gilliam’s iconic animations in Monty Python’s Flying Circus:
…and the nightmarish hallucinations of outsider artist Bruce Bickford in Prometheus Garden from 1988:
We are also interested in your personal highlights from The World History of Animation, so please feel free to comment below.
The World History of Animation is available to purchase from Amazon here.
Stephen Cavalier is an animator and writer and has previously worked on a range of animation projects including Who Framed Rodger Rabbit, Modern Toss and Monkey Dust. He also runs the fantastic blog, 100 Greatest Animated Shorts.