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Early British Animation

From Page and Stage to Cinema Screens

Authors: Cook, Malcolm

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  • The first monograph dedicated to early British animation
  • Presents exhaustive archival research and close analysis of extant films providing a rich new history
  • Introduces a new critical framework that emphasises the spectator and their perceptual processes
  • Opens dialogue with wider theories of modernism and modernity
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About this book

This book is the first history of British animated cartoons, from the earliest period of cinema in the 1890s up to the late 1920s. In this period cartoonists and performers from earlier traditions of print and stage entertainment came to film to expand their artistic practice, bringing with them a range of techniques and ideas that shaped the development of British animation. These were commercial rather than avant-garde artists, but they nevertheless saw the new medium of cinema as offering the potential to engage with modern concerns of the early 20th century, be it the political and human turmoil of the First World War or new freedoms of the 1920s. Cook’s examination and reassessment of these films and their histories reveals their close attention and play with the way audiences saw the world. As such, this book offers new insight into the changing understanding of vision at that time as Britain’s place in the world was reshaped in the early 20th century.

About the authors

Malcolm Cook is Lecturer in Film at the University of Southampton, UK. 

Reviews

“Malcolm Cook in this book emerges as the preeminent historian of early British animation. But, as if that were not saying enough, he also interjects his distinctive voice into an erudite, yet entertaining, discourse about a body of filmmaking heretofore ‘largely forgotten and unloved’. More than a simple chronicle, Early British Animation weaves a powerful narrative of talented, often obsessive, artists and their relation to the establishment and avant-garde art movements of their day. We can’t say whether or not future generations will love British animation, but they will no longer be able to forget it.” (Donald Crafton, Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Professor of Film, Television, and Theatre (Emeritus), University of Notre Dame, USA)

“Cook’s impressively researched book fills a major gap in our knowledge of silent British cinema, but it also does so much more than this. There are dazzlingly original ideas here—about the concept of artists’ films, the theatrical lineage of animated cartoons, and the engagement of mainstream entertainment with profound questions about perception and cognition—that should be read by everyone interested in the broader history of animation and debates about cinema and modernity.” (Jon Burrows, University of Warwick, UK)


Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction: Early British Animation

    Pages 1-23

    Cook, Malcolm

  • Alternative Artists’ Films

    Pages 25-64

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  • The Lightning Cartoon: Animation from Music Hall to Cinema

    Pages 65-94

    Cook, Malcolm

  • Perception, Modernism and Modernity

    Pages 95-135

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  • The First World War: British Animated Cartoons and Their International Contexts

    Pages 137-174

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eBook £71.50
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-73429-3
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Hardcover £89.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-73428-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover £89.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-08787-6
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Early British Animation
Book Subtitle
From Page and Stage to Cinema Screens
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-73429-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-73429-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-73428-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-08787-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 282
Number of Illustrations
18 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
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