The Cartoon Collector’s Companion
My book, The Animated Film Collector’s Companion, was published in 1997. However, its followup, the completely revised, new and improved version which I wanted to call The Cartoon Collector’s Companion, although ready for publication in 1999, was never published.
Now you can view the complete book here. And it’s free!
You may be wondering: What the devil is The Cartoon Collector’s Companion? It’s a self help guide for the animation collector. It will help you find the cartoon you have spent years searching for because you did not know that it was included in an oddly named compilation. Most of the book’s listings are for companies based in the United States, but there are plenty of listings for cartoons released outside of the US. It’s obviously not up-to-date, but it’s still useful, especially for tracking down shorts that were released on VHS or LD, but never on DVD or Blu-Ray. (It’s unfortunate that there are so many films that fall into this category and will probably continue to fall into this category long after streaming has made DVD obsolete.) Also, don’t forget that even when a short can be easily found on YouTube, you may want a better looking copy. This is the book that will help you find one.
Does the book include DVDs? Yes and no. While there are listings of DVD titles from the earliest DVD years, you will find mostly information about VHS tapes and laserdiscs. There are also some additional features, but you will have to check the book out to find out what they are.