Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe Winsor McCay and his views.

Winsor McCay is a legendary animator and entrepreneur who believed in animation. He believed that animation should be viewed as an art form and not as a trade. He was disappointed to see the way in which animation progressed over time.

2. What were the limits on early animation?

Early animation was severely limited by several factors, particularly black and white filming. The lack of color made cartoons less impressive than they had potential to be. The lack of music in the silent era also had an influence on animation limits.

3. Why did it take so long for animation to gain popularity?

It took a long time for animation to gain popularity because producing an animated feature took a considerable amount of time and effort. Using a flip-book style of animation made it difficult to create impressive works of art without putting out an excessive amount of work.

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