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Animation Magazine - - Frame- By- Frame -

5Happy 75th birth­day to Hayao Miyazaki! Hell & Back, Mo­bile Suit Gun­dam: Movie Tril­ogy, Char­lie Brown and Friends, Mag­illa Go­rilla and Friends, Pet Shop of Hor­rors, Co­conut the Dragon, Wild Kratts: Aus­tralian Ad­ven­tures, Lit­tle Charm­ers: Charmy Hearts Day.

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Comic-book and an­i­ma­tion his­to­rian Mark Arnold does not dis­ap­point with this re­lent­lessly re­searched hard­cover, which clocks in at more than 600 pages. Fol­low with in­credulity the nail-bit­ing jour­ney of ex-Warner Bros. di­rec­tor and pro­ducer Friz Fre­leng and ex­ec­u­tive David DePatie as they strike out on their own in the 1960s, fac­ing in­cred­i­ble odds and strug­gling to keep their small stu­dio afloat, never know­ing that their shaky en­ter­prise would spawn some of the best-loved car­toons of the 20th cen­tury.

Arnold takes read­ers back to the ex­cit­ing first suc­cess of DePatie-Fre­leng’s first hit char­ac­ter: The Pink Pan­ther, an­i­mated to open Blake Ed­wards’ film. Nostal­gia and stu­dio history com­bine to in­tro­duce the artists be­hind DFE’s hit car­toons from Pink Pan­ther to Mr. Ma­goo to Char­lie the Tuna and more. In­dexed, ap­pendixed and packed with more than 400 pho­tos and art­works, this is an en­gross­ing look at a chunk of an­i­ma­tion history that al­most never was and the peo­ple who made it hap­pen. [

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