Each title in the eight-book series surveys the life of each animated selected from animation’s more-than-100-year history, whose technical wizardry and creative inspiration have made him a legend. Emphasis is given to each animator’s professional achievements, impact on popular culture, and the innovations pioneered.
The first four volumes, now in bookstores, cover such subjects as Tex Avery (of Warner. Bros. and MGM screwball animation and creator of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Droopy); Walt Disney (the most honored animator/producer of the 20th century and the father of Mickey Mouse); William Hanna and Joseph Barbera (of Tom and Jerry, The Flintstones, Yogi Bear and Scooby-Doo fame); and Matt Groening (of The Simpsons). Featured in the second set of four volumes, due out this November, are: Walter Lantz (best known as the father of Woody Woodpecker); John Lasseter (the computer cartoon whiz behind Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, and others)’ Hayao Miyazaki (Japan’s premier anime storyteller behind such anime classics as Kiki’s Delivery Service,Howl’s Moving Castle, and Spirited Away), Genndy Tartakovsky (creator of such cult television cartoon favorites as Dexter’s Laboratory, Star Wars: Clone Wars, and Samurai Jack).
The series, Lenburg added, goes behind the scenes discussing each animator’s personal and educational background, early work, styles and influences, key films and television productions, origins of their characters, and much more.
With full-color and black-and-white photographs and illustrations throughout, including personal and family photos and animation art, from sketchings, to drawings, to film stills, to animation cels, Lenburg said the Legends series brings to life “the mirth and magic of these masters that continues to flourish today and are sure to interest animation fans of all ages.”