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In 1911, famed cartoonist Winsor McCay debuted one of the first animated cartoons, based on his sophisticated newspaper strip Little Nemo in Slumberland, itself inspired by Freud’s recent research on dreams. McCay is largely forgotten today, but he unleashed an art form and the creative energy of artists from Otto Messmer and Max Fleischer to Walt Disney and Warner Bros.’ Chuck Jones. Their origin stories, rivalries, and sheer genius, as Reid Mitenbuler skillfully relates, were as colorful and subversive as their creations - from Felix the Cat to Bugs Bunny to feature films such as Fantasia - which became an integral part and reflection of American culture over the next five decades.

Pre-television, animated cartoons were aimed squarely at adults; comic preludes to movies, they were often “little hand grenades of social and political satire”. Early Betty Boop cartoons included nudity; Popeye stories contained sly references to the injustices of unchecked capitalism. “During its first half-century”, Mitenbuler writes, “animation was an important part of the culture wars about free speech, censorship, the appropriate boundaries of humor, and the influence of art and media on society”. During WWII it also played a significant role in propaganda. The golden age of animation ended with the advent of television, when cartoons were sanitized to appeal to children and help advertisers sell sugary breakfast cereals. 

Wild Minds is an ode to our colorful past and to the creative energy that later inspired The Simpsons, South Park, and BoJack Horseman.

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©2020 Reid Mitenbuler (P)2020 Recorded Books

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a good history on the Fleischers

I love the emphasis given to the genius of Max Fleischer and his animated work.

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Fascinating Story...confusingly wrong narrator.

Loved hearing this unknown wonderful epic story of this art form. Fascinating (but sometimes skips whole chunks of history...could have been two volumes!) But absorbing nonetheless.

HOWEVER.....This narrator is not up to the task.
He emphasizes the wrong things, tries and fails embarrassingly at imitating cartoon voices, at other times says the wrong words from the text, ("..many GROWING reviews.." instead of Glowing) mispronounces names from Hollywood's past (Fritz LahNG??). When reading the name Jose--he says The "J" (which should be silent) making the name JOE-Say...I mean REALLY? It is completely unbelievable that RECORDED BOOKS allows these kind of mistakes.

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Wild minds indeed

If you ever wanted to learn about the history of animation (or at least is beginnings) this is the book for you. I don’t want to spoil anything but this book has the perfect ending I ever heard for a history book. I hope there will be more books like this that talk about the other parts of animation history.

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what a ride!

this would make a kickass docuseries. worth a listen for anyone interested in the minds behind the evolution of animation .