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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. [