Animation: Nat Falk’s How To Make Animated Cartoons Part One

Nat Falk Book

Today, we began digitizing an extraordinary book… Nat Falk’s "How To Make Animated Cartoons". Published in 1941, this book brings together information from all of the major studios of the day… Disney, Terrytoons, Screen Gems, Warner Bros, Fleischer, Lantz and Harman-Ising. It’s wild to see Popeye on the cover right next to Andy Panda and Farmer Al Falfa… You’ll never see competing studios cooperate to create a book like this today!

Nat Falk Book

This particular copy of "Animated Cartoons" has its own history… It belonged to one of the pioneers of animation, Carlo Vinci, and it was given to him as a gift by Paul Terry himself.

Nat Falk Book

Here then, is the first installment of Nat Falk’s "Animated Cartoons"… consisting of a forward by Paul Terry, a chapter on the history of animation and an overview of the animation studios of the time. The animation history chapter is fascinating, because it includes information from first hand sources about the early days of animation in New York. Learn who did the first double exposed effects, who was the first to use cels, who made the first color cartoons (no, not Walt Disney!) and who invented the pan background… Print it out and read it all!

HOW TO MAKE ANIMATED CARTOONS by Nat Falk

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Nat Falk Book
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Nat Falk Book
Nat Falk Book
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Nat Falk Book

I’m going to take one short sequence of the book out of order, because it really belongs here with the information on the studios…

HOW I CREATED ANDY PANDA
By Walter Lantz

Nat Falk Book
Nat Falk Book

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This posting is part of the online Encyclopedia of Cartooning under the subject heading, Animation.
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3 Responses to “Animation: Nat Falk’s How To Make Animated Cartoons Part One”

  1. Lisa says:

    My grandfather was Nat Falk. Amazing to see this on the web. We always look for copies at used bookstores.

    • Lisa, I am sure you are filled with pride to know that your grandfather’s work is greatly appreciated by the top pros in the business worldwide. The greatest gift is when you reach out to teach and share your gift with the world.

  2. Can you confirm if this 1931 dust jacket for the Modern Library edition of William McFee’s Casuals of the Sea if by your grandfather? The signature has always looked to me like Nat Falk:

    http://www.modernlib.com/authors/mAuthors/mcfeeJackets.html

    Thanks!

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