Norman McLaren/Evelyn Lambart Award-Best Scholarly Book in Animation

Inaugurated in 1995, this award, administered by the Society for Animation Studies, seeks to celebrate exceptional scholarship, published in book form, in the field of animation studies. In recognition of the growing critical mass of animation scholarship, the judging process was expanded to include Runners-Up in 2009. The award was bestowed on an ad-hoc basis between 1995 and 2009.

At present, the Society is eager to mark the upcoming 30th anniversary of the Book Award’s inauguration (in 2025) by inaugurating also a Best Edited Collection category.



Winner – Donna Kornhaber: Nightmares in the Dream Sanctuary: War and the Animated Film (University of Chicago Press)

Runner up – Malcolm Cook & Kirsten Moana Thompson: Animation and Advertising (Palgrave)

Runner up – M. Javad Khajavi: Arabic Script in Motion: A Theory of Temporal Text-based Art (Palgrave)


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Winner – Vicky Smith and Nicky Hamlyn (eds.): Experimental and Expanded Animation: New Perspectives and Practices (Palgrave) 

Runner-up – Malcolm Cook: Early British Animation: From Page and Stage to Cinema Screens (Palgrave)
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Winner – Chris Pallant (ed.): Animated Landscapes: History, Form and Function (Bloomsbury) 

Runner-up – Maureen Furniss: A New History of Animation (Thames & Hudson)
Runner-up – Giannalberto Bendazzi: Animation: A World History (CRC Press)


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Winner – Annabelle Honess Roe: Animated Documentary (Palgrave)

Runner-Up – Jonathan Clements: Anime A History (BFI)

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Winner – Georges Sifianos: Esthétique du cinéma d’animation (Le Cerf)

Runner-Up – Chris Pallant: Demystifying Disney: A History of Disney Feature Animation (Continuum)

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Winner – Pierre Floquet: Le langage comique de Tex Avery (L’Harmattan)

Runner-Up – Tze-yue G. Hu: Frames of Anime: Culture and Image-Building (Hong Kong University Press)

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Furniss Bible Book  Cholodenko Illusion II  Floquet Cinema book

Winner – Maureen Furniss: The Animation Bible (Laurence King)

Joint Inaugural Runner-Up – Alan Cholodenko: The Illusion of Life II: More Essays on Animation (Power Publications)


Joint Inaugural Runner-Up – Pierre Floquet: CinémAnimationS (Charles Corlet)

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Winner – Robin Allan: Walt Disney and Europe (John Libbey Publishing)

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Frierson Clay book

Inaugural Winner – Michael Frierson: Clay Animation:  American Highlights 1908 to the Present (Twayne Publishers)