Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Disney Animation Books

My favorite Disney animation book was The Illusion of Life - Disney Animation, from Frank and Ollie:

More on the Illusion of Life from:

"Disney Animation: The Illusion of Life (ISBN 0-7868-6070-7), 1981, is an acclaimed book by two of Disney's Nine Old Men, Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas. It is widely considered to be one of the best books ever published on the topic of character animation.
It contains four hundred eighty-nine plates in full color, and thousands of black and white illustrations ranging from storyboard sketches to entire animation sequences, all of which illustrate the exquisite art of Disney style animation.
The book gives many glimpses into the workings of the animation masters at Disney's during the Golden Age of animation. It is a frequently used reference among professional animators."

And here's Disney's 9 Old Men:

I love to get into the psyche and history that they had in the old Disney animated films.

The Nine Old Men refined the 12 basic principles of animation:

- Squash and stretch
- Anticipation
- Staging
- Straight Ahead Action and Pose to Pose
- Follow Through and Overlapping Action
- Slow In and Slow Out
- Arcs
- Secondary Action
- Timing
- Exaggeration
- Solid Drawing
- Appeal

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