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The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation (Disney Editions Deluxe)

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From the perspective of two men who had an important role in shaping the art of animation, and within the context of the history of animation and the growth of the Disney studio, this is the definitive volume on the work and achievement of one of America’s best-known and most widely loved cultural institutions. I loved the continuous flip book in the upper right hand corner of this tome, and I spent countless hours of my childhood looking at images of the Disney films I loved, and photographs of the people who made them. The authors, Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, worked not only with the legendary Walt Disney himself but also with other leading figures in the half-century of Disney films. Web icon An illustration of a computer application window Wayback Machine Texts icon An illustration of an open book.

To make the audience seem to find the shadow of someone in real life, the emotions expressed by the animated characters must also make the audience feel that they are authentic. Since I used to show it to my HS animation classes, I've seen it dozens of times, but find something new every time I view it again.

I recently purchased the HUGE hard-bound copy to share with my animation students and once again enjoyed both the organization and the voice(s) of the book. As a person who needs an extra kick to keep focus, it was really refreshing to have such personal, what felt like actual conversation, wording in this book. Of the many books on animation and Disney, The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation is probably the best.

No matter what the devil one talks about—whether force or form, or well-drawn characters, timing, or spacing—animation is all these things—not anyone. They explain the particular challenges of the animator trying to put across different story and character points. All the illustrations were fully animated in the app version, and many parts of the chapter were annotated with explanatory comments from Disney's current animators. When I was a kid, I checked this book out from the library over and over and over again until my parents finally bought me my own copy. This is not an early Bday gift or late Christmas present, this is a gift from Bear to Bear, love Bear just because.I really enjoyed “The Magic Behind the Voices” a who’s who of animated character vocals – and this book on Disney animation seemed like a great follow up. It is accompanied by ooddles, and oodles of full page colour photos, reproductions of animation sequences of famous Disney characters, diagrams, sections on each of the main Disney animators, and hilarious caricatures that animators did of each other. He could create a character on the screen that not only appeared to be living but thinking and making decisions all by himself. From Walt's Nine Old Men, basic principles, the many glimpses into the workings of the animators at Disney's during the Golden Age and more. It is easy to see how the development of an individual personality in a story situation can make even the dullest action become entertaining.

Nostalgia and film buffs, students of popular culture, and that very broad audience who warmly responds to the Disney "illusion of life" will find this book compelling reading (and looking! Qur goal in these studies is to make the audience feel the emotions of the characters, rather than appreciate them intellectually. While reading, though, it is more understandable as to why they phrased the preface the way they did.In addition to the personality, however, there should be a change in the initial action that will enable an animator to show more than one side of this personality. The "authors simultaneously give a history of Disney animation and explain the processes involved in clear, nontechnical terms.

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