Terrytoons (Paperback)

The Story of Paul Terry and His Classic Cartoon Factory

By Gerald Hamonic

John Libbey & Company, 9780861967292, 422pp.

Publication Date: September 15, 2017

List Price: 29.95*
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During his forty-year career in animation, Paul Terry animated, directed, and produced over 1,100 cartoons. Yet despite his prodigious output he remains one of animation's unsung legends. 'Terrytoons' chronicles the fascinating life of one of the animation industry's cartoon giants, from his humble beginnings on a family farm in San Mateo, California, to his rise as one of the leading super producers of cartoon shorts during the golden age of American animation. Walt Disney admitted that one of his earliest ambitions was to produce cartoons of comparable quality to Paul Terry.

Terry's story is one of survival in the face of natural disasters, economic collapse and bitter rivalries. With biographies on all of the key Terrytoons staff and hundreds of lavish illustrations and photographs, many of which are in color, this biography is a long overdue homage to the legendary producer and invaluable addition to any cartoon lover's book collection.

About the Author

Gerald Hamonic is a noted film and animation scholar whose interests span the golden age of American animation (1930-1955), the accurate use of science within apocalyptic cinema and representations of supernatural forces in horror films.Jerry Beck is author or editor of several books on classic animation including 50 Greatest Cartoons (1994) and The Animated Movie Guide (2005). Beck is an animation producer and a professor of animation history at Cal Arts. He blogs at CartoonResearch.com