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The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation [Ollie Johnston, Frank Thomas] on without an art/animation background, I still find this book a must-have for any Disney. Disney Animation: The Illusion of Life [Thomas;Johnson, Ollie Johnson] on This is a book every Disney fan and enthusiast must own, ditto for animators. Disney Animation: The Illusion of Life (later republished as The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation) is a book by Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, two of the key .
However, Clark died in while doing preliminary research for the book. An attempt to complete the book was made in the 's in a large collaboration project with many surviving Golden Age and Dark Age Disney veterans, the project being spearheaded by two of Disney's Nine Old Men , Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston. The book was released in , and has received universal acclaim and excellent sales, considered by many to be one of the best books on animation available. It has never been out of print since. There is also an abridged paperback "Popular Edition" of the book that removes around pages of content and starts off right around the third chapter, with the section about the 12 Principles of Animation. A companion art book, Treasures of Disney Animation Art, was also published by John Canemaker complete with identical cover art to Illusion of Life despite having completely different content , containing artwork that Frank and Ollie wanted to put into The Illusion of Life, but simply didn't have room for.
Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jun 29, Parka rated it it was amazing Shelves: More pictures at parkablogs. Disney Animation is probably the best. Written by two of Disney's famous Nine Old Men, Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, this book goes back to where animation was born, made and enjoyed by people all over the world.
At pages, this huge volume probably covers lots of ground on animation except the how-to-do-it part since this isn't really a tutorial book. There are plenty of illustrious stories o More pictures at parkablogs.
There are plenty of illustrious stories on Walt Disney, people he worked with and the roles everyone played from the storyman to director. Storytelling and character development are also covered. Interesting quotes and commentary are everywhere. The book goes deeper looking at how these hardworking pioneers approach animation, invent new ways to animate and bring seemingly inanimate objects, even things like safety pins, to life.
While not a tutorial book, it does covers subjects like camera techniques, styles of background paintings, effects, colours and other technical approaches to creating animation, right down to how they voice sync a talking door knob. Lots of photos, paintings, sketches and storyboards are included.
You can see the transition from the rubber hose arms of early characters to the more realistic designs that were achieved with attention paid to form and anatomy.
Those are the results from the emphasis on research later on. It's an inspiring book recommended to animators, great for those who want a flashback to the golden era of animation.
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Jan 01, Daniel rated it it was amazing. This is probably the most important book written in the subject of animation, even though familiarity with the subject has grown since its writing.
It chronicles two top Disney animators' impressions on how the Disney studio studied and codified its approach to animated film in the s, which is almost certainly the most formative period of the medium. They set up a list of basic animation principles and focus on each one in turn. They go through each of the different departments, explaining wha This is probably the most important book written in the subject of animation, even though familiarity with the subject has grown since its writing.
They go through each of the different departments, explaining what they contribute to a picture. They explain the particular challenges of the animator trying to put across different story and character points. Written immediately after their retirement after almost fifty years at the studio by a close-working team of personal friends, this book did a lot to bring to light what had been more insulated "industry secrets. For me it's certainly a feature.
Feb 13, Rob rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Although this book is not a quick read, it doesn't make it a dull book by any means.
In fact, the book is filled with inspiration for anyone who is creative. Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston take you into the heart of the "Disney magic" by giving history lessons and animation lessons on every page.
I look forward to reading this book every night. I recently bought a blu-ray player and have been picking up the few Disney classics that are available. The discs are feature rich and have documentaries Although this book is not a quick read, it doesn't make it a dull book by any means.
The discs are feature rich and have documentaries that are a great compliment to this book. I am really looking forward to Pinocchio next month. Oct 20, Varmint rated it it was amazing.
Sep 17, Nina Harp rated it really liked it.
I took this book up mainly because of the writers themselves, Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, founding fathers of hand drawn animation. Thought it may be more of a tutorial book but is more of the history of animation and principles behind Disney's early years.
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Jan 15, Alec Longstreth rated it it was amazing. 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. I looked through it constantly, and many of the pages still have depressions along the edges of the characters where I traced them.
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 But I never actu 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.
I decided to read this book because I taught an animation workshop last summer - it took me the better part of six months to get through it - but it was absolutely worth the effort. I learned so much about animation, and my head was often spinning when I heard about some of the supreme effort that went into getting a single shot in some of the early Disney animated films.
Highly recommended for anyone interested in animation. Jan 05, Robert Fritz rated it it was amazing. I first read this book about a decade ago.
I recently downloadd 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. It's a great movie about the two authors of the book and very engaging. It is a "kind of" docu I first read this book about a decade ago. It is a "kind of" documentary shot by Frank Thomas' son. 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.
If you are reading this and you know me, feel free to borrow either the book or the dvd!
Apr 20, Herman Litt rated it it was amazing Shelves: We can hit them in an emotional way. Those who appeal to the intellect only appeal to a very limited group. The real thing behind this is: 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.
Digital Destruction : The original book was printed on high quality paper and the illustrations were more crisp looking. When the book was reprinted later in the 80's and 90's, Disney found out that the original photographic plates for the book were lost or destroyed, so they were forced to scan pages from the original book in high quality and use them as the source materials for the reprints so they wouldn't have to go to the painstaking effort of reconstructing the entire book from scratch.
While the reprints aren't bad at all, a side by side comparison of the original run and its reprints reveals a noticeable drop in printing quality. Disney School of Acting and Mime : Discussed frequently throughout the book. Frank and Ollie make a point that the reason the Disney animators do this kind of acting is because it's simply impossible for animation to match the same level of subtle acting or screen precense as live action, even with tools that closely try to emulate it like rotoscoping, and that it's more sensible to exaggerate rather than directly copy real life.
Basically, the animator is the actor in animated films. He is many other things as well; however, in his efforts to communicate his ideas, acting becomes his most important device.
But the animator has a special problem. On the stage, all the foregoing symbols are accompanied by some kind of personal magnetism that can communicate the feelings and attitudes equally as well as the action itself. There is a spirit in this kind of communication that is extremely alive and vital. However, wonderful as the world of animation is, it is too crude to capture completely that kind of subtlety. If in animation we are trying to show that a character is sad, we droop the shoulders, slump the body, drop the head, add a long face, and drag the feet.
Yet those same symbols also can mean that the character is tired, or discouraged, or even listless. We can add a tear and pinpoint our attitude a little better, but that is the extent of our capabilities. The Popular Edition less so, since it axes pages of content.