Most of the links on this page, new and old, are to Web sites that
are serious efforts to assemble information about animated films,
comic art, and their creators, but I'm also listing the sites of
some of the creators themselves.
I'll begin with a few new sites I haven't listed before:
Craig Richardson is the proprietor of an increasingly important
site called Toonhub.com.
This is a a true "hub,"a tremendous reference source with
hundreds of carefully organized links. In addition, Richardson is
steadily adding valuable reference materialdetailed bibliographic
information about specialized magazines like Funnyworld,
for exampleto the site itself. This is one of those rare sites
that I'm sure I'll be visiting more and more often. An update: Craig is rebuilding the site after a nightmarish crash by his Web host.
one of the last "golden age" animators still active as
the head of his own studio, has put up a richly featured Web site
that focuses on Bill Melendez Productions' "Peanuts" films,
both TV specials and theatricals. As a person, Bill is one of the
most purely enjoyable animation veterans I've ever met, and his
new site has some of the flavor of his ebullient personality.
Weinman has a site, a blog that he calls "Something Old,
Something New," that is devoted in part to animation and related
subjects. When I skimmed his site, dipping into his posts as I spotted
a familiar name or an intriguing subject, I realized he had accomplished
the impossible: he had made me want to read what he had to say about
Tiny Toon Adventures. What higher recommendation could I
Will Eisner, creator of The Spirit and very active until his death
in January 2005, had an official
site that's still well worth visiting, and there's also an occasional
email newsletter about Eisner's activities called "A Spirited
Life." To get on the mailing list, write ASpiritedLife@tampabay.rr.com,
and put "Eisner Newsletter" in the subject line.
Jerry Beck and Amid Amidi, proprietors of the essential Web sites
Research and Animation
Blast, have pooled their resources to produce an animation
blog called Cartoon
Brew. This site should be anyone's first stop when they're looking
for an excellent source of news and sharp-edged opinions (particularly
from Amid) about developments in the field. Amid publishes in print
as well as on the Web; his Animation Blast is, as it says
at his site, the one animation publication that I read cover to
Still another excellent source of news, animated-movies.net,
shut down before I got around to recommending it (although there's
still a placeholder at the site directing visitors to other sites).
Fortunately, the hole left by its departure has to a large extent
been plugged by a similar site,
Animated-News, which like its predecessor offers a tremendous
number of links to animation-related stories on the Web (as well
as a very useful weekly newsletter).
The Animation World
Network site is another good source of news, although I find
it most valuable for the occasional critical and historical articles
by people like Chris Lanier, Karl Cohen, and Martin Goodman, and
for special items like Gene Deitch's autobiographical writings.
For Disney news, the most consistently helpful source is LaughingPlace.com.
Among other things, it's a reliable guide to the "Easter eggs"
that are a maddening side effect of the generally wonderful DVD
technology. I'd also recommend getting on LaughingPlace's email
list for a daily roundup of Disney news.
On the comics side, I always enjoy a visit to Geoff
Blum's site. Blum is not an artist but a writer. He produced
invariably intelligent and interesting text features for the various
incarnations of the Carl Barks Library and is now writing comics
stories in an updated Barks vein for Gemstone's new line of Disney
comic books. I enjoy his site as much for his classical music reviewsnot
a typical component of a comics-based site!as for any other
element. You'll find those reviews on his "News and Views"
The following artists and writers have also put up sites, all worth
an occasional visit: David
Pruiksma (former animator on Disney features), John
Canemaker (animator, teacher, and author of a half dozen outstanding
Deitch (the director who revived the Terrytoons studio in the
fifties), and animators Bill
Wray and Aaron
Lane. I'm afraid I can't work up much enthusiasm for Don
Bluth's site, because I can't work up any enthusiasm for Bluth's
films, but Bluth's admirers will find a visit to the site rewarding.
of Disney Animated Shorts is the product of Patrick Malone's
ongoing effort to gather as much information as possible about all
the Disney shorts from 1922 on, including listings of video releases
and censored scenes. This is a well-organized, easy-to-navigate
site, with individual pages devoted to each short, and it's not
all dry data, by any means: Malone devotes a lot of space on each
page to visitor comments on the shorts.
Far larger is The
Big Cartoon Database, which encompasses not just Disney but
many other American cartoon studios, and thousands of cartoons,
both theatrical and TV, with synopses and credits and occasional
production notes for many of them. There's news and forums, too.
The information for individual cartoons can be sketchy, but that
there should even be separate listings for thousands of Hanna-Barbera
and Filmation TV cartoons is mind-boggling.
A site devoted to all the cartoons produced by Columbia's Screen
Gems studio is Pietro Shakarians' "Crow's
Nest" (as in the Fox and the Crow). Another site with a
relatively narrow focus is The
Walter Lantz Cartune Encyclopedia, which includes a filmography,
video clips, and other Lantz-related material.
More filmographiesfor Warner Bros., Fleischer, Famous, and
DePatie-Freleng cartoonsare the meat of Dave
Mackey's Web site. A particularly attractive aspect of Mackey's
site is the gallery of original title cards for the Warner cartoons
that accompanies his filmography, but also valuable is his listing
of the production numbers for the Warner cartoons. I compiled a
similar list when I was writing Hollywood Cartoons: American
Animation in Its Golden Age, and I found that list to be a highly
useful research tool.
Another Warner Bros.-related site worth a visit is The
Unofficial Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies Page, which includes
such out-of-the-way items as a discography of the Capitol records
based on the Looney Tunes characters.
Harry McCracken's harrymccracken.com
is like a continuing conversation among exceptionally intelligent
animation buffs; it's always worth hearing what Harry and Mark Mayerson
and their colleagues have to say. (Mark's site devoted to Al
Eugster, the late Fleischer and Disney animator, is also worth
Ed Hooks teaches animators how to be good actors-a neglected (see
of Richard Williams's The Animator's Survival Kit) but
critically important skill.
Hooks's Web site includes his consistently stimulating and illuminating
newsletter, and he has written a book, Acting
for Animators, recently reissued in a revised edition, that
is a valuable pioneering treatment of its difficult subject.
Moving beyond animation and comics sites, Arts
and Letters Daily is my second-favorite site, after Cartoon
Brew. It consists of nothing but links, to thought-provoking articles
at the Web sites of a staggering variety of publications. A surprisingly
large number of those articles deal with the comics.
Another arts-related site that I consistently enjoy is Terry
Teachout's Web log. He is the drama critic for the Wall Street
Journal and the music critic for Commentary, as well
as the author of a well-received biography of H. L. Mencken. Teachout
has written sympathetically, if rarely, about animation (a rave
review of the Looney Tunes DVDs for the Journal, for instance),
but it's for his thoughts on other subjects that I visit his Web
[Revised version posted December 14, 2003; revised again, July 24, August 15, and November 22, 2004; December 19, 2005; June 19, 2006; July 7, 2007; and May 26, 2012.]