Cartoon Voices of the Golden Age, Vol. 2 (hardback)
Forces of Geek reviewCartoon Voices of the Golden Age, Vol. 2
by Keith Scott
Cartoon voices of the golden age, 1930-70
Volume Two of CARTOON VOICES is the massive reference companion to Volume One. This is the information for which animation enthusiasts have been waiting. Based on thirty two years of painstaking research in archives and libraries, this volume features an exhaustive listing of thousands of theatrical cartoons, containing never-before-published voice credits for hundreds of obscure acting talents who until now remained unidentified.
The listings herein cover the Golden Age output and voice talent of the following major film studios: Warner Bros. (the immortal Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies), MGM (cartoons by giants like Hanna-Barbera and Tex Avery), Columbia (the often oddball Screen Gems cartoons), UPA (home of Mister Magoo), Universal (the Walter Lantz Cartunes), Walt Disney Productions (both shorts and feature-length films of the Golden Age supervised by Walt), and from New York & Miami, Paramount’s releases of the great Max Fleischer cartoons.
While various vintage cartoon voice mysteries are still to be solved, the one-of-a-kind information in this volume finally confirms hundreds of hitherto uncredited voice artists for the first time in decades.
Keith Scott has spent over forty years as an internationally recognized cartoon voice actor and impressionist. He narrated two George of the Jungle movies, and was the voice of both Bullwinkle J. Moose and the Narrator in The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle. He is the author of The Moose That Roared and many articles on animation and Hollywood radio history.
* Pleasingly arranged by studio, cartoon name, and year of appearance,
this fantastic treasure trove of information on American cartoon voices, like
volume one, in many cases features the only identifying photos of these
essential voice actors. Scott (The Moose That R€area) is himself a voice
actor who knows firsthand the ef€orts that these voice suppliers make. He
uncovers those who, before the advent of made-for-television cartoons,
went uncredited. Nostalgists will savor the book's inclusion of series such
as Disney's Sil6r Symphonies and Warner Brothers' Looney Tunes and
Merrie Melodies. Some associates played multiple roles—Walt Disney
himself was an animator, then an executive, as well as Mickey Mouse"s
voice. The author identifies most of the character voices, but he happily
seeks additional information from reada-s, especially €or the parodies of
celebrities that often appeared in mid-century cartoon features.
VERDICT This volume is an absolute must-have resource guide
and vade mecum for all popular-culture and American-culture
enthusiasts. it enables readers to view U.S. culture through
cinema and television.
-- Library Journal