Books We Love
The Art of Jay Ward Productions
By Darrell Van Citters [Oxberry Press, $49.95]
In what must be one of the most impressive accomplishments of the animation book world, esteemed director Darrell Van Citters has assembled a lovely 352-page collection featuring almost a thousand illustrations from Jay Ward Productions’ beloved toons. Not only does this lovingly crafted coffeetable book feature a rich selection of artwork from Rocky and Bullwinkle, Fractured Fairy Tales, Aesop & Son, Dudley Do-Right, Hoppity Hooper, George of the Jungle and Mr. Peabody and Sherman, Van Citters gives credit where credit’s due—to all the talented artists who worked with Ward at the creative hub. Also, quite amazing is one chapter that focuses on the studio’s unsold series. As he did with his previous book on Mr. Magoo’s Christmas, Van Citters has paid a great service to animation lovers everywhere by putting together this valuable collection.