The history of animation in the United States tends to concentrate on Disney, but this study focuses on the production company United Productions of America (UPA), which played an active role in animation from the 1940s to the 1970s.
Professor Nakagaki has selected some comparatively recent works from basic literature to provide an understanding of English-language research in animation, mainly focusing on works from the U.S. From a non-fiction account of Walt Disney Studios, based on the perspective of women, to books about Winsor McCay, the Fleischer brothers, United Productions of America (UPA), Pixar, the profession of voice actors and to censorship and the recent trends of animated documentaries, this selection should provide valuable insight.
- Dobson, Nichola, et al eds. The Animation Studies Reader, Bloomsbury, 2018.
- Bukatman, Scott. The Poetics of Slumberland: Animated Spirits and the Animating Spirit, University of California Press, 2012.
- Pointer, Ray. The Art and Inventions of Max Fleischer: American Animation Pioneer, McFarland, 2017.
- Holt, Nathalia. The Queens of Animation: The Untold Story of the Women Who Transformed the World of Disney and Made Cinematic History, Little Brown, 2019.
- Bashara, Dan. Cartoon Vision: UPA Animation and Postwar Aesthetics, University of California Press, 2019.
- Cohen, Karl F. Forbidden Animation: Censored Cartoons and Blacklisted Animators in America, McFarland, 1998(2004).
- Herhuth, Eric. Pixar and the Aesthetic Imagination: Animation, Storytelling, and Digital Culture, University of California Press, 2017.
- Beckman, Karen, ed. Animating Film Theory, Duke University Press, 2014.
- Lawson, Tim, and Alisa Persons. The Magic Behind the Voices: A Who's Who of Cartoon Voice Actors, University Press of Mississippi, 2004.
- Roe, Annabelle Honess. Animated Documentary, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.