A continuation of 1994’s groundbreaking Cartoons, Giannalberto Bendazzi’s Animation: A World History is the largest, deepest, most comprehensive text of its kind, based on the idea that animation is an art form that deserves its own place in scholarship. Bendazzi delves beyond just Disney, offering readers glimpses into the animation of Russia, Africa, Latin America, and other often-neglected areas and introducing over fifty previously undiscovered artists. Full of first-hand, never before investigated, and elsewhere unavailable information, Animation: A World History encompasses the history of animation production on every continent over the span of three centuries.

Volume I traces the roots and predecessors of modern animation, the history behind Émile Cohl's Fantasmagorie, and twenty years of silent animated films. Encompassing the formative years of the art form through its Golden Age, this book accounts for animation history through 1950 and covers everything from well-known classics like Steamboat Willie to animation in Egypt and Nazi Germany. With a wealth of new research, hundreds of photographs and film stills, and an easy-to-navigate organization, this book is essential reading for all serious students of animation history.


Key Features

  • Over 200 high quality head shots and film stills to add visual reference to your research
  • Detailed information on hundreds of never-before researched animators and films
  • Coverage of animation from more than 90 countries and every major region of the world
  • Chronological and geographical organization for quick access to the information you’re looking for

chapter |3 pages


part |22 pages

The First Period

part |65 pages

The Second Period

chapter |6 pages

Silent America I

chapter |8 pages

Silent America II

chapter |30 pages

Silent Europe

chapter |3 pages

Silent Asia

chapter |3 pages

Silent Latin America

chapter |2 pages

Silent Africa

chapter |2 pages

Silent Oceania

part |103 pages

The Third Period

chapter |33 pages

America Laughs!

chapter |43 pages


chapter |6 pages

Soviet Union

chapter |9 pages


chapter |5 pages

Latin America

chapter |2 pages