Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The Twilight Zone and America Toons In

From 1959 to 1964 I was glued to our little 12-inch TV screen watching an anthology series that fascinated, scared, intrigued, amused and bewitched me all at the same time.
Each week The Twilight Zone offered a journey into the shadowy realm of things that ‘might’ happen populated by strange people and creatures perched on the rim of imagination.

A Critical History Of Television’s The Twilight Zone 1959-1964, written and researched by Don Presnell and Marty McGee, and published by McFarland & Company, Inc., gets into the meat and bones of what made the series so popular and ground-breaking.

The complete history of the show, an episode guide, critical and eye-opening commentaries and in-depth analyses delve into what made the series a showcase about humanity’s fears, prejudices, violent tendencies, phobias and individual’s search for the truth and identity.

It’s an the most exhaustive compilation of facts and analysis about The Twilight Zone you can find anywhere.

On a lighter note, A History Of Television Animation America Toons In, written by David Perlmutter, delves into animated cartoons that TV has offered to the public over the last decades up until present time.

The book examines the genre, lists and delves into the various animation studios, examines the effect cartoons has on the public (primarily children) and how individual cartoon series impacted the times they were a part of.

From political, religious, societal and ethical commentaries and parodies to pure slapstick humor TV cartoons have had an enormous impact on society as a whole.  

The book explains and explores said impact, the critics, skeptics and supporters.

TV animation is just now being examined for its cultural influence and relevance.

The book offers a unique perspective about TV animation and makes for a thought-provoking analysis and observation.