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MGDA 229: History of Animation

Presents students with a descriptive overview of the advent and evolution of cinema animation from its earliest origins through the present day.

History of Animation

Here are a selection of periodicals of possible interest to animation history students, available electronically through the CMU Library:

  • Cineaste (1990-current): Presents reviews of and essays about international films. 
  • Entertainment Weekly (1993-current): Weekly information on the entertainment industry featuring television programming, motion pictures, videos, new albums, entertainment for children and book reviews.
  • American Cinematographer (1998-current): Covers feature films, television, commercials, music videos, digital video, new equipment, DVD, book releases, and much more.
  • Cinema Journal (1966-current): Access 1966-2011 (JSTOR) or recent issues (1999-current; Project Muse).
  • Film Quarterly (1958-2012): Access 1958-2011 (JSTOR) or more recent issues (2002-2012; Literature Online).  Do you love all types of movies?  Are you eager to encounter new ways of thinking about them? Then Film Quarterly is the journal for you!  Since 1958, Film Quarterly has been publishing substantial, peer-reviewed writing on motion pictures, earning a reputation as the most authoritative academic film journal in the United States. Continues Quarterly of Film, Radio, and Television.
  • Hollywood Quarterly (1945-2012): Access 1945 to 1951 and 1958 to 2011 in JSTOR. Access 2002-2012 in Literature Online. Continued by Quarterly of Film, Radio, & Television.
  • Quarterly of Film, Radio, and Television (1951-1957): Continues Hollywood Quarterly; available via JSTOR. Continued by Film Quarterly.


We also have 2012-current issues of Advertising Age available in print at Tomlinson Library. Come browse anytime!

Media History Digital Archive -- Includes...

  • Global Cinema Collection:  Periodicals from France, Germany, India, Italy, the United Kingdom, and Switzerland, plus a couple Spanish-language titles. Publication dates range from 1904-1957. Important titles include Cine-Journal and Ciné​a (France, 1908-1912 and 1921-1923, respectively) and Illustrated Films Monthly (UK, .1913-1914).
  • Early Cinema Collection: Includes extensive runs for important titles such as Moving Picture World (1907-1919) and Variety (1905-1941), as well as select holdings for titles like Film Fun (1916-1926), Motion Picture News (1911-1913) and Motion Picture Weekly (1916-1918). 
  • Fan Magazine Collection: Fan magazines gave audiences a way to experience the magic of the movies beyond the theatre. The magazines also gave producers a way to promote their stars and coming films. You can observe a shifting in emphasis across the historical span of this collection. Stars in this collection include Photoplay (1914-1943), Hollywood (1934-1943), Modern Screen (1930-1960), and Motion Picture [Magazine] (1914-1941).  
  • Hollywood Studio System Collection: Features access to important industry publications such as The Film Daily (1918-1948), The Hollywood Reporter (1933-1934), Variety (1905-1941), Motion Picture News (1913-1930), Motion Picture Daily (1931-1960), Motion Picture Herald (1931-1948), Cinema Progress (1935-1939), Talking Picture Magazine (1929-1934, Universal Weekly (1923-1926), Hollywood Filmograph (1929-1934), and Motion Picture Art Portfolio (1927).
  • Technical Journals Collection (1916-1965): Cinema is subject to ongoing technological change. Although 35mm has been the standard for filmmakers for over 100 years, improvements in film stocks, sound recording, color reproduction, cameras, lenses, lighting and other hardware have been rapid and continuous. Relevant titles in this collection include: American Cinematographer (1921-1942) and International Photographer (1929-1941).

TIME -- The Vault (1923-):  Since its founding in 1923, TIME Magazine has been one of the most authoritative and informative guides to what is happening in the worlds of health and science, politics, business, society and entertainment.

LIFE -- Digitized in Google Books: LIFE Magazine is the treasured photographic magazine that chronicled the 20th Century. It now lives on at, the largest, most amazing collection of professional photography on the internet. Users can browse, search and view photos of today’s people and events. They have free access to share, print and post images for personal use.

New York Magazine (1975-1997) -- Digitized in Google Books: New York magazine was born in 1968 after a run as an insert of the New York Herald Tribune and quickly made a place for itself as the trusted resource for readers across the country. With award-winning writing and photography covering everything from politics and food to theater and fashion, the magazine's consistent mission has been to reflect back to its audience the energy and excitement of the city itself, while celebrating New York as both a place and an idea.