The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation

        Category: Book Reviews Disney | Article posted on: June 15, 2011

This book traces the development of Disney animation, explains what made Disney’s style unique, and features original sketches and drawings revealing the origins of Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters.

For anyone who wants to understand how classical animation works this is simply the best book available. Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnstone were masters in their field – their work has in many ways never been surpassed. The only difficulty with using their book is its sheer size, and the fact that the book is many different things – part history of the Disney studio, part amusing anecdote, and of course part instruction manual. But what a manual! Anyone with the patience to wade through the rest of the material and focus on the chapters which deal with the techniques of animation will find a goldmine of information, which far surpasses the competition.

If you are planning to go into animation, or are already enrolled, this book may become your every day manual. Why? It’s perfectly explained and beautifuly illustrated. It’s the secret behind those magic classics we all love.


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