Synopses & Reviews
The first survey dedicated to the work of the McKimson brothers, this book offers a rare behind-the-scenes look at the upper echelon of 20th-century animation and examines the creative process behind the making of numerous popular characters and classic programs. Featuring original artwork from the golden age of animation, this book includes a wealth of material from many professional archives--screen captures, original drawings, reproductions of animation cels, illustrations from comic books, lobby cards, and other ephemera from the author's collection--while surveying the careers of three groundbreaking animators whose credits include Looney Tunes, the Pink Panther, and Mr. Magoo. Beginning in the 1920s and then tracing the brothers' work together at Warner Brothers Cartoons in the following decades, this history details Robert McKimson's creation of such beloved characters as Foghorn Leghorn, the Tasmanian Devil, and Speedy Gonzales; Tom McKimson's work at Warner Brothers, Dell Comics, and Golden Books; and Chuck McKimson's long career working in comic books and then later at Pacific Title, creating animated film titles and commercials, including his award-winning work on Music Man, Cleopatra, and The Sound of Music.
"The book is a workhorse of a picture book with lots of valuable images that you haven't seen before. . . . It is the visual materials available here that shows the real value of the book and makes it important to own." —www.MichaelSpornAnimation.com
"For those of us who love Foghorn Leghorn, who could resist three brothers who helped give us Foghorn Leghorn, the Tasmanian Devil and the original Speedy Gonzalez in the hallowed 'Termite Terrace' of Warner Brothers' cartoon studio?" —Buffalo News (December 2012)
"With an abundance of rarely-seen original artwork and keen-eyed observations by such latter-day animation masters as John Kricfalusi and Darrell Van Citters, this stacks up as a must-have for animation buffs." —Leonard Maltin, www.LeonardMaltin.com
"His son, Bob McKimson Jr. . . . has written a lavishly illustrated account of his dad's career." —Jax Air News (December 2012)
"If nothing else, the book is fun to look at, with tons of art not just from animation, but from comic books and other consumer outlets." —Detroit News (December 2012)
"There's loads of model sheets, layouts, animation drawings and comic book art. A lot of which I haven't seen reprinted anywhere else. . . . This is definitely one of the best animation-related books out there. A must for Warner Bros. fans!" —www.KLangley.wordpress.com
"It's a treasure trove of memories sure to delight any grown-up who grew up with a craving for cartoon chuckles." —American Profile (December 2012)
I Say, I Say . . . Son!”
offers a rare behind-the-scenes look at the work of the McKimson brothers, three of the most accomplished and influential animators in history.
Tracing the brothers careers from the 1920s onward, this beautifully illustrated book details how Bob McKimson created such beloved characters as Foghorn Leghorn, the Tasmanian Devil, Sylvester Jr., and the original Speedy Gonzales, and explores Chuck and Tom McKimsons voluminous body of work at Warner Bros. Cartoons, Dell Comics, and Golden Books.
Featuring original art from the Golden Age of Animation, I Say, I Say . . . Son!” includes a wealth of material from the top animation archivesoriginal drawings, reproductions of animation cels, comic book illustrations, lobby cards, and screen capturesalong with never-before-seen photographs and other memorabilia from author Robert McKimson Jr.s personal collection.
I Say, I Say . . . Son!” is a vibrant tribute to three groundbreaking animators whose long careers included work on the Looney Tunes, Pink Panther, and Mr. Magoo series, as well as many other animation classics.
About the Author
Robert McKimson Jr. is the son of Bob McKimson, a legendary animator. A licensee of Warner Bros. Consumer Products and the possessor of an extensive collection of his father's and uncles' work, he has given lectures all over the world about his famous family of animators. He lives in St. Johns, Florida.
John Kricfalusi, better known as John K., is an animator and the creator of The Ren and Stimpy Show. He lives in Los Angeles.
Darrell Van Citters is the Supervising Director at Renegade Animation, and the author of Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol: The Making of the First Animated Christmas Special.