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Tex Avery - King of Cartoons

Written in 1975, more than a decade before Who Framed Roger Rabbit made it okay for adults to enjoy animated cartoons, Joe Adamson's labor-of-love tribute to cartoon pioneer Tex Avery is a must-have for any scholar of animation. The book looks back on the illustrious career of a shy, quiet man whose only ambition was to make people laugh. Walt Disney and Chuck Jones are the two most famous names of the Golden Age of cartoons, but they both owe a debt to Tex Avery. In addition to the personal look at Avery's life, the book contains a complete filmography of Avery's theatrical cartoons, as well as perhaps the only extensive interview with Tex Avery before his death in 1980; plus interviews with the people Tex worked with over the years. While the 1996 book Tex Avery by John Canemaker provided a look at the more tragic side of Avery's career (as well as a wealth of background and behind-the-scenes material), Adamson's book is still the definitive look at the fun-loving, innocent personality of the man who created Droopy Dog, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and who broke the shackles of "realism" in animation by declaring, "In a cartoon you can do anything!"