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The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows by David Perlmutter takes you through a thorough collection of animated shows. As a medium previously found on Saturday mornings, animated television has evolved throughout the last few decades. Going back to animation television's beginnings, every animated show imagined is featured from fan favorite Scooby Doo to the long-running Simpsons. Perlmutter doesn't just detail the popular shows and the ones from Disney, but ones that are lesser known and possibly most haven't heard of. For those who can't get enough animated television and have an appreciation for the medium, Perlmutter offers you the ideal collection.
David Perlmutter has an organized style, arranging alphabetically and includes a list of all animated shows. A detailed preface and introduction offer a thorough history which goes from the beginning of animated shows to the present. Each show is provided with a list of voice actors, a brief synopsis, and a critique. Shows provided throughout include a vast variety with several spun from popular shows or movies including The Addams Family, All Dogs Go to Heaven, Back to the Future, The Karate Kid, and Kung Fu Panda, along with those based on popular books or comics such as The Archie Show and The Bernstein Bears. For those that are major movie, TV, and book fans, they'll instantly enjoy learning about the animated shows spun from their favorites.
Several classic Disney shows have come from popular films like Aladdin, Hercules, The Lion King's Timon and Pumba, and Lilo and Stitch plus the popular animated shows like The Proud Family and Kim Possible. Those who grew up during this time on Disney Channel will be instantly taken back to the days where they'd catch their favorite shows airing. The most popular shows can also be found throughout which includes Scooby Doo, The Flintstones, and Curious George which are cartoons so popular they've transcended decades. The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows is ideal for those who love animated series and will adore having an entire collection which provides history and fan favorites.