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The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons, Third Edition
  • Authored by: Jeff Lenburg; Foreword by Chris Bailey
  • Trim Size: 8-1/2 x 11
  • ISBN-10: 0816065993
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-6599-8
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $85.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 10/01/2008
  • Dewey Number: 791.43
  • Reading Level: Grades 6-12
  • Pages: 752


Praise for the previous editions:
"...rich and comprehensive...Recommended enthusiastically..."—Choice

From the silent shorts of the 1920s and '30s to the classic Disney features of the '40s, and from the Saturday morning television shows of the '70s and '80s to the computer-generated blockbusters of today, animation remains widely popular with viewers of all ages. With the current surge of interest in anime, the continued success of the Cartoon Network™, and the steady flow of animated movies, animation plays an important role in today’s pop culture.

The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons, Third Edition remains the definitive source on this entertaining subject. This edition of the "ultimate cartoon fan bible" adds copious amounts of new material, bringing the book up to date and broadening the scope of its coverage. Arranged in an A-to-Z format and separated into five major sections—Silent Cartoon Series, Theatrical Sound Cartoon Series, Full-Length Animated Features, Television Cartoon Series, and Animated Television Specials—this comprehensive encyclopedia includes an extensive historical overview of animation, complete information about Academy and Emmy award winners, and a chronology of animation milestones. Coverage of increasingly popular anime has been added and expanded.

Entries include:

  • Cinderella
  • Cowboy Bebop
  • Dora the Explorer
  • Family Guy
  • Finding Nemo
  • The Flintstones
  • King of the Hill
  • Pokémon
  • Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
  • The Simpsons
  • South Park
  • SpongeBob SquarePants
  • Toy Story
  • The Wild Thornberrys
  • and more.


Full-color and black-and-white photographs and illustrations. Indexes. Appendixes. Cross-references. 32-page, full-color insert.

About the Author(s)

Jeff Lenburg is an acclaimed author, celebrity biographer, entertainment historian, and writer/producer. He has written 18 books, including the Who's Who in Animated Cartoons, and several of them have been nominated for awards, including the American Library Association's "Best Non-Fiction Award" and the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association's Gold Medallion Book Award for "Best Autobiography/Biography." Lenburg is a nationally acknowledged expert on animated cartoons and has spent more than 20 years researching and writing about animation. He lives in Arizona.

Foreword author Chris Bailey is best known for his work as an animator and supervising animator on several blockbuster full-length animated features for Walt Disney Studios, including The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, and Hercules. In 1995 he made his directing debut for the studio's Academy Award-nominated Mickey Mouse cartoon short, "Runaway Brain," and in 2002 he was nominated for an Emmy Award for executive producing and directing the popular Disney animated television series, Kim Possible. He also served as CG animated supervisor on such live-action films as Deep Rising and Mighty Joe Young and as an animation director for many other features, including Garfield, X2, and Fat Albert. In 2001 Bailey won widespread acclaim independently producing and directing the 3D animated short, "Major Damage," based on his own original comic book story and character.

Reviews and Awards

"...[an] exhaustive work...impressive. The one reference source that no library should be without."

Library Journal

"...coverage is thorough and comprehensive...appeals to readers because it is not only useful in finding elusive facts, it also offers the enjoyment of browsing that sparks new discoveries."

Against the Grain

"...an excellent guide to the history of animated cartoons in America."

Reference Reviews

"...the breadth and depth are impressively exhaustive...should be included in all collections supporting research in animation, film, American studies, art, and history. Highly recommended."


"...the most comprehensive book on American cartoon history...recommended for all libraries."

American Reference Books Annual

"Any library strong in animated cartoon coverage will find [this encyclopedia] a weighty, definitive reference."

Midwest Book Review

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