Genius Animated: The Cartoon Art of Alex Toth
Accustomed as we are to a steady release of animation art books, such things were much more rare in the halcyon days of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s — especially for TV shows. Rectifying this in high style is this tome — the third in a series chronicling the life and work of comics and animation legend Toth, who for years designed entire shows for Hanna-Barbera — that is a veritable treasure chest of examples of how to design characters and pitch animated shows. Looking through this volume, it’s impossible not to think of the tremendous potential so many of these shows had and how great they could have been if they’d lived up to Toth’s high standards.
14Studio founder Dave Fleischer and Disney animator Walt Stanchfield were both born on this day.