A pivotal event in animation history, a memoir from an industry legend, and a how-to book on a little-discussed part of the feature animation filmmaking process. Here are the three animation books that I’m most looking forward to reading in 2022.
The Disney Revolt: The Great Labor War of Animation’s Golden Age
by Jake S. Friedman
The Disney artist’s strike of 1941 is perhaps the single-most important event in American animation history. It not only permanently changed the business of producing animation, but also altered the creative course of the industry’s most revered studio. For all its importance, the events of the strike have never been properly documented – until now. This book is written by Jake Friedman, who has spent the last decade researching the life and work of Disney animator (and unofficial strike leader) Art Babbitt. While Friedman’s Babbitt biography has yet to be published, this book promises to be a fascinating and essential read for anyone who works in the business. (July 2022, Chicago Review Press)