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The Only Animation Holiday Gift Guide You’ll Ever Need

Looking for the perfect unique gift for that special animation nerd in your life? Or maybe you just want to give yourself a special treat. Either way, you can’t go wrong with any of these hand-picked animation and cartoon-related goodies. For the price conscious, I’ve arranged them by cost, with the lowest-priced items first.


Wreck-It Ralph Little Golden Book illustrated By Lorelay Bove
$3.99 on Amazon

The Perfect American by Peter Stephan Jungk
$10.85 on Amazon
This controversial fictionalized account of Walt Disney’s life will be much talked about in the coming months since it is the basis of a new opera by Philip Glass that will premiere next year.


The Prince of Cats by Ron Wimberly
$11.35 on Amazon
Fantastic high-energy artwork by an artist who has done character design on Adult Swim’s Black Dynamite


Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth by Sanjay Patel and Emily Haynes
$11.55 on Amazon

Life in the Analog Age: A Time Before Volume 2 by Gabe Swarr
$11.99 on his personal website


The Day the Cow Sneezed by James Flora
$13.49 on Amazon
If you don’t want this book, I don’t know what to tell you.


Adventure Time Finn boxers
$13.50-$16.65 on Amazon
Once the ladies see you in these, you’ll never spend another night alone!


Phil Mendez 2013 Year-in-Progress Calendar
$15 on
Keep track of the year with drawings by animation legend Phil Mendez


Bugs Bunny Superstar
$15.39 on Amazon
This long out-of-print 1975 documentary about Warner Bros. animation is worth it just for the film footage of Bob Clampett, Tex Avery and Friz Freleng.


My Little Pony “Brony” Wallet
$16.50 on Amazon
My preferred method for carrying lots of cash around town!


Pixar Short Films Collection 2
$19.96 on Amazon
A collection of twelve recent Pixar shorts including Presto, Day & Night and La Luna. Also includes six CalArts student films by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Pete Docter.


Skadi volume 1 by Katie Rice and Luke Cormican
$20 on their personal website


Spacehawk by Basil Wolverton
$23.21 on Amazon by Basil Wolverton
Amazing pop art decades before the term existed.


Mighty Mouse: The New AdventuresThe Complete Series
$23.70 on Amazon
A must-have for anyone interested in the history of modern TV animation. 2012 marks the 25th anniversary of this seminal show.


Walt’s People, Vol. 12: edited by Didier Ghez
$23.99 on Amazon
If you’ve missed the first 11 volumes, don’t miss this super-packed twelfth one. More details about the contents HERE


It’s Kind of a Cute Story by Rolly Crump as told to Jeff Heimbuch
$24.95 on Bamboo Forest Publishing or a limited edition, hardcover edition signed by legendary Disney Imagineer Rolly Crump for $59.95 on Bamboo Forest Publishing


Deconstructing Dad: The Music, Machines and Mystery of Raymond Scott DVD
$24.95 on
A documentary by the son of and about the experimental music composer Raymond Scott whose music was used by everybody from Jim Henson to Bob Clampett.


Poster Art of the Disney Parks by Danny Handke and Vanessa Hunt
$26.04 on Amazon

Rowland B. Wilson’s Trade Secrets: Notes on Cartooning and Animation by Rowland Wilson with Suzanne Lemieux Wilson
$26.37 on Amazon

Herve Morvan: The Genius of French Poster Art by Veronique Morvan
$27.70 on Amazon

Comics Sketchbooks: The Unseen World of Today’s Most Creative Talents edited by Steven Heller
$29.97 on Amazon

Evoke: The Art of Dave Pimentel
$29.99 on his personal website


Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two video game
$29.99-$59.96 on Amazon

Dr. Seuss: The Cat Behind the Hat by Caroline Smith
$37.50 on Amazon

Beany and Cecil 2-DVD set
Available for $54.90 on
Animation history buffs will be delighted by the amazing extras on both volumes. See the contents for Volume 1 and Volume 2

  • I’m thinking of getting the Pixar Short Films Collection 2 just for the Cal Art short films

  • wever

    I think you just created my list for me.

  • Very useful, much appreciated Amid.

  • rafa

    I think those Finn shorts may easily turn into alternate universe Finn , If you know what I mean.

    • THAT IS….for some odd reason, acceptable.

    • Richard

      “What time is it?
      Adventure time…
      …in my pants.”

  • Jeff

    The reviews for Epic Mickey 2 aren’t very good. I’ll wait until the price drops a bit.

  • top cat james

    “Bugs Bunny Superstar” was included in volume four of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection. Might be a better deal to spend the extra fifteen bucks and get the set instead.

    • The movie has been remastered and includes a fascinating audio commentary by the film’s director Larry Jackson. If you can get it in one of Warner Archive’s 5 for $50 sales, do it!

      • Something released by the Warner Archive – on a DVD-R, no less – has actually been remastered AND gotten an audio commentary??

  • MissConception

    I want that one, that one, that one, and….. that one.

    Great list. Personally, I’m asking for Wreck-It and Guardians art books for Christmas.

  • I just bought Poster Art of the Disney Parks at Disneyland yesterday. Fantastic book for all Disneyland fans alike!

  • I got #10 for myself. I thought it would be a flimsy thing but I’ve been surprised at how well it’s held up. It’s not good for coins though, so I’ll have to get a pony coin purse from somewhere else.

  • Bud

    I want the Ward Kimball book by Amid…

  • Phil Mendez

    Ward was my main sponsor at Disney. I have a ton of stories on our relationship and the last time we shared a room at WED for one year. If you are interested in a few more funny wonderful stories with him, please contact me.

    Phil Mendez

  • Neil LaPointe

    Gabe’s and Katie/Luke’s berks have the official ME seal of approval. Gabe has two Life in the Analog Age collections out, this is the first collection for Katie/Luke’s Skadi. All three books are awesome, and check ’em out weekly at!

  • Le Artiste

    I bought The Art of Wreck It Ralph. It’s a great book.Got the soundtrack too.ADB48 sings my fav song on this CD its entitled SUGAR RUSH.

    And missconception, I hope you got the art of Wreck It Ralph and Art of Rise of the Guardians :)