Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

Leonard Maltin
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Chapter 1, The Silent Era

* Winsor McCay conceived animation as an art form instead of a trade, and he became disappointed when he saw what others animators were doing with the practice.

* Black and white film, as well as the silent era limited the extent of animation.

* McCay's first feature was released in 1911 and was called "Little Nemo," though it lacked any type of story line and had no plot.

* The first true animated cartoon was McCay's "Gertie the Dinosaur," which helped to put at ease the minds of audience members who were skeptical of animation and thought it was a trick.

* Bray invented a machine that could print copies of backgrounds.

Chapter 2, Walt Disney

* Disney faced a rocky start in the animation industry, but he eventually headed to Hollywood to work.

* Disney opened a company with his brother Roy and created Mickey Mouse.

* There were many difficulties in...

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