Cartoon Modern: Style and Design in Fifties Animation promises to be the definitive book on the subject of the time between the 1940’s and the 1960’s when cartoonists digested modern art movements and produced some of the most strikingly new work in animation history. A lot of the extreme graphic experiments that went on during this time proved to be too cumbersome or unappealing to survive, but when you look at current cartoons today it is obvious that the decades’ design revolution had a lasting and permanent impact.
This book’s goal was to chronicle the breadth of this graphic revolution and Amid Amidi was certainly the right man for the job. Amid is one of the most dedicated students and historians of animation and cartoons there is. Through knowing him personally, discussing cartoons, and reading his years worth of research and essays in his website and magazines, I can easily say that Amid is the new generation of authority on animation studies. His opinions are loud and clear, and always thoroughly researched and focused. Amid didn’t just rely on the same old drawings and cartoons that were widely available already for the content of his book. He painstakingly researched and travelled, tracking down old veterans of the field. His private detective work is sure to have turned up tons of never before seen material that will now be preserved through his efforts in this book for the future. Even the left-over material posted on Amid’s companion blog that couldn’t fit into the book is great.
This is a book for all fans and students of cartoons, illustration and design to own. It is available to order now, and will be released on August 1, 2006.