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What was the greatest decade for animated films?

This post is part of The Month of Animated Features. Without thinking too much about it, what’s your gut answer to the headline? Once you take a close look at the catalog of animated features released over the years, the answer becomes pretty obvious pretty quickly. First, let’s examine this question in terms of rigid numeric…

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Disney’s Golden Age of Feature Animation, part 1 (1937-1949) – Walt takes the throne, nearly loses it

Though it’s hard to imagine it today, cartoons existed long before the television. In the late 1920s, feature length animation was nothing more than a radical experiment, but silent cartoon shorts were relatively common and shown in movie theaters. This infancy of American animation would shortly give way to one of the style’s most creative periods. According to most film historians’…

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The Month of Animated Features (July 2010)

As I revealed in my previous post, I’m focusing my efforts during July on learning and writing about animated films. I’ll probably start with some overview and history of animation, then shift into some features and analysis, and finish the month with a few culminating posts, with reviews mixed in. You can use this post…