Ge­nius An­i­mated: The Cartoon Art of Alex Toth

Animation Magazine - - Frame- By- Frame - By Dean Mul­laney and Bruce Can­well [IDW, $49.99]

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.

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