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FounderMichael A. Ventrella
Year foundedSummer 1983
Final issue
Spring 1999
CountryUnited States
Based inBoston, Massachusetts

Animato! was a magazine that was dedicated to animation, generally viewed by animation fans as a successor to Michael Barrier's pioneering Funnyworld and David Mruz's Mindrot/Animania.[1]

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Animato! was first published in the summer of 1983.The magazine was founded and initially edited by Michael A. Ventrella in Boston in the early 1980s[2] and featured the film Rock & Rule as its first cover.[citation needed] Harry McCracken later become editor and expanded the magazine to full sized with a color cover.[1]

Ventrella later sold the rights to G. Michael Dobbs and Patrick Duquette, who began distributing through newsstands. The magazine was first published under the new ownership in 1992.[3] It ceased publication with issue #40 published in Spring 1999.[4]

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  1. ^ a b Jim Korkis (July 10, 2002). "Apatoons: The Birth of Animation Fandom". Archived from the original on September 27, 2015. Retrieved November 25, 2015.
  2. ^ "About". Retrieved February 23, 2016.
  3. ^ G. Michael Dobbs (2006). Escape! How Animation Broke into the Mainstream in the 1990s. BearManor Media. p. 17. GGKEY:KUJNQ2L9P91. Retrieved May 5, 2020.
  4. ^ David Kilmer (September 28, 1999). "Disney's 'Illusion of Life' tops best animation books poll". Animation World Network. Archived from the original on November 25, 2015. Retrieved October 15, 2009.