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New book: Animation - a world history 
Animation - a world history is at long last published and available.

I sincerely thank my contributors, and the many friends who encouraged me during these nine hard years of work.


It should not be for me to say so, but I feel satisfied by the result.

It is a three-tome, 1456 page, CRC Press (Taylor and Francis Group) hardbound book, ISBN113894307X, 9781138943070.


Giannalberto Bendazzi





A continuation of 1994’s groundbreaking Cartoons, Giannalberto Bendazzi’s three-volume Animation: A World History is the largest, deepest, most comprehensive text of its kind, based on the idea that animation is an art form that deserves its own place in scholarship. Bendazzi delves beyond just Disney, offering readers glimpses into the animation of Russia, Africa, Latin America, and other often-neglected areas and introducing over fifty previously undiscovered artists. Full of first-hand, never before investigated, and elsewhere unavailable information, Animation: A World History encompasses the history of animation production on every continent over the span of three centuries.


Features include:


Over 200 high quality head shots and film stills to add visual reference to your research

Detailed information on hundreds of never-before researched animators and films

Coverage of animation from more than 110 countries and every major region of the world


Chronological and geographical organization for quick access to the information you’re looking for


Volume I traces the roots and predecessors of modern animation, the history behind Émile Cohl's Fantasmagorie, and twenty years of silent animated films. Encompassing the formative years of the art form through its Golden Age, this book accounts for animation history through 1950 and covers everything from well-known classics like Steamboat Willie to animation in Egypt and Nazi Germany.


Volume II delves into the decades following the Golden Age, an uncertain time when television series were overshadowing feature films, art was heavily influenced by the Cold War, and new technologies began to emerge that threatened the traditional methods of animation. Take part in the turmoil of the 1950s through 90s as American animation began to lose its momentum and the advent of television created a global interest in the art form.


Volume III catches you up to speed on the state of animation from 1991 to present. Although characterized by such trends as economic globalization, the expansion of television series, emerging markets in countries like China and India, and the consolidation of elitist auteur animation, the story of contemporary animation is still open to interpretation. With an abundance of first-hand research and topics ranging from Nickelodeon and Pixar to modern Estonian animation, this book is the most complete record of modern animation on the market.


Gianalberto Bendazzi




C'est avec impatience que j'ai attendu cette somme sur l'Animation, cette somme de savoir de Giannalberto Bendazzi.


Giannalberto a tout suivi, tout vu, tout noté, rencontré tout le monde dans le monde de mon métier bienaimé —et depuis si longtemps, bien avant que ce ne soit à la mode ! Partout où je suis allé —tant de festivals et de réunions à travers les continents— il était là ! Bienvenue à ce monument qui prend en compte un grand art et toute la planète !

(Michel Ocelot, director, France)


A staple of any animation library, this encyclopedic book covers the far reaches of production worldwide, throughout history. It is an incredible resource from one of the animation world’s leading scholars.
(Maureen Furniss, Director of the Program in Experimental Animation at CalArts)


Giannalberto Bendazzi is one of the world's finest historians and scholars of the art of animation. We are indeed fortunate that his thorough research, cogent perceptions, and eloquent writing is now in this expanded edition of Cartoons, his acclaimed masterly tome on world animation.

(John Canemaker, Oscar winning independent animator, animation historian, author, and professor)


Giannalberto Bendazzi is a highly gifted historian, scholar, observer, teacher, and most of all, lover of animation in all of its many forms. His painstaking and detailed research, as well as his social and cultural observations about the various times during which many animated pieces were produced, give his writing an authenticity rarely seen in other books on the subject. I cannot think of anything better than to curl up with one of his books and have him tell me the world history of the animation medium I love.

(Eric Goldberg, animator, director, Walt Disney Animation Studios)


Giannalberto Bendazzi is the greatest animation historian I ever met.

(Priit Pärn, director, Estonia)


I am extremely proud that Giannalberto Bendazzi, at the beginning of my career, was my first official biographer. And I like to believe that I was the flame that led him to become one of the world's top experts in the field of animation.

(Bruno Bozzetto, director, Italy)


I don't know any historian of animation more reliable than Giannalberto Bendazzi.

(Yamamura Koji, director, Japan)


Giannalberto Bendazzi's book gives us the complete overview of how the art of animation developed around the world in the last one hundred years. It is a book global in scope for an art form now global in appeal and being created around the world. This work is an essential addition to any serious scholar of cinema.

(Tom Sito, chair of animation, University of Southern California)


I have the feeling that one looks into Giannalberto Bendazzi's exhaustive book as one does into a mirror – it is the whole history of the world of animated film and all its creators. They should proud of their work and appreciated by readers. This is a book that has been hotly anticipated by professionals and enthusiasts of animated film from all over the world.

Bendazzi has demonstrated that he has a vast professional range, encyclopedic knowledge, and an extraordinary memory, because without his special kind of memory this knowledge would not exist. He remembers more crucial facts from the lives and work of artists than they recall about themselves.


Giannalberto Bendazzi is a walking encyclopedia of world animated film and this gives his history of animation special value.


It is crucial that, as an insider, Giannalberto Bendazzi understands and clearly verbalizes various issues in animated film, various artistic trends, both historically and at present, and various creative personalities. He discriminates and can explain, like no one before him, the delicate and most essential fact: that filmmakers speak to their viewers in an individual way, using an auteur film language. At the same time he can clearly show that the differences between them form the value of creative work and the essence of the human condition.


Like perhaps none before him, he can situate animated film in the context of the accomplishments of other disciplines of art, putting the achievements of animation on an equal footing with those of other fields of art and justifying his views.


In taking up such a grand endeavor Bendazzi has shown determination, a predisposition, and above all, talent comparable to that of the finest filmmakers. Without this talent his work would not have the insight and spirit that it does.

With this talent Giannalberto Bendazzi gives meaning to our work: to our creativity and determination, to both the ability to withstand hard work and the temperamental nature of the creative spirit, to study, to coming to know the world and artistic caprices, to accuracy, and to our eccentricities, creative perfection and human imperfection, expectations and improvisations, passions and doubts, successes and failures.

(Jerzy Kucia, director, professor, Poland)


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