Iwao Takamoto: My Life with a Thousand Characters

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Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2009 - 243 pages
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Tracks is a pilgrimage into the wild, beautiful, and lonely places around us. Donald C. Jackson, a professor in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries at Mississippi State University, invites the reader to share the trail with him and discover connections to different vistas not only in the South but also in distant lands and on exotic waters. Through the many stories of this avid hunter, fisher, and trapper, Tracks travels into the swamps and wetlands, hills and tundra, forests and jungles, and on rivers, ponds, tropical lagoons, and the sea. Frog gigging adventures reveal the magic of summer nights in the Deep South. Running a trap line for racoons leads to a tiny Mississippi farm on a crystal clear winter night. Duck hunts evoke the mystery of whistling wings at sunrise, a sound that becomes almost sacramental. Big game hunts in Alaska blend with squirrel hunts along the Mississippi River and late afternoon deer hunts on the outskirts of a college town. In the Gulf of Mexico, Jackson explores science and beauty of life at sea on a fisheries research ship. Filled with experiences from decades of teaching, conservation activities, hunting, fishing, and wilderness adventures, Tracks brings into focus the natural thrill of participating fully as part of the chain of life in wild places. Donald C. Jackson is a professor in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries at Mississippi State University. He is the author of Trails: Reflections of a Pilgrimage.

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Chapter 1 A Kid of the City
Chapter 2 A Japanese American in the Time of War
Chapter 3 Manzanar
Chapter 4 Nine Old Men and a Guy Named Walt
Chapter 5 Milt
Chapter 6 Tales from DWing and All That Jazz
Chapter 7 Changes
Chapter 8 Bill and Joe
Chapter 11 Reinventing the TV Toon with Jonny Quest and ScoobyDoo
Chapter 12 International Expansion
Chapter 13 Falling into Charlottes Web
Chapter 14 HannaBarbera Branches Out
Chapter 15 The Busiest Place on Earth
Chapter 16 A Studio in Flux and a New Role as Ambassador
Chapter 17 An Era Ends A Legacy Lives On

Chapter 9 Hardworking Artists and Lazy Lucy
Chapter 10 Taking on Responsibility by Design or Otherwise

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About the author (2009)

Animator Iwao Takamoto was born in Los Angeles, California in 1925. His family, like many Japanese-Americans, was sent to the Manzanar internment camp after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. While there, he received basic illustration training from other internees. He was hired as an assistant animator by Walt Disney Studios in 1947 and worked on such classics as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, Lady and the Tramp, and Peter Pan. He started working for Hanna-Barbera Productions shortly after leaving Walt Disney Studios in 1961. While there, he created such characters as Scooby-Doo, Astro from The Jetsons, and Penelope Pitstop. He directed numerous feature length animated films, including Charlotte's Web (1973) and Jetsons: The Movie (1990). In 2005, he received the Golden Award from the Animation Guild. He died on January 8, 2007 of heart failure.

Michael Mallory has covered aspects of popular culture ranging from animation, to cinema, to toys for such publications as "The Los Angeles Times", "The Chicago Tribune", "Newsday", "Daily Variety", "The Hollywood Reporter" & "Millimeter". He has been seen & heard as a pop/culture animation expert on the BBC & E! Entertainment Television, as well as many radio & television stations nationwide. He is the author of "Hanna-Barbera Cartoons" & is a published fiction writer.

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