Meet the Critics
Charles Solomon

An internationally respected critic and historian of animation, Charles Solomon has written on the subject for the New York Times, TV Guide, Newsweek (Japan), Rolling Stone, the Los Angeles Times, Modern Maturity, Film Comment, the Hollywood Reporter, the Manchester Guardian, and National Public Radio's Day To Day. His work has also appeared in publications in Canada, France, Russia, Britain, Israel, the Netherlands and Japan. His recent books include “The Prince of  Egypt: A New Vision in Animation” (Abrams, 1999), “The Disney That Never Was” (Hyperion, 1995), "Les Pionniers du Dessin Animé Américain" (Dreamland, Paris, 1996) and “Enchanted Drawings: The History of Animation” (Knopf, 1989; reprinted, Wings, 1994), which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and the first film book to be nominated for a National Book Critics’ Circle Award.

He also contributed the animation article to “The International Encyclopedia of Communications” (Oxford University Press, 1989) and essays to the exhibit catalogues of "Japanese Animated Films: A Complete View from their Birth to 'Spirited Away' and Beyond" (Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art, 2004) "Il était une fois: Walt Disney " (Grand Palais Museum, Paris, September 2006).

He has also done animation programming for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the 1984 Olympic Arts Festival, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Annecy, Ottawa and Sundance international film festivals and lectured on animation history and aesthetics at UCLA, USC, CalArts, NYU, the School of Visual Arts, La Cinématheque Quebécoise, CSU San Bernadino, the California Academy of Science, The Walt Disney Studios (Los Angeles, Orlando and Paris), PIXAR, Turner Animation and DreamWorks Feature Animation.