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

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

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

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All he knew was that he wanted this thing, wanted to do this thing, and then went in this direction, but in fact, he didn't necessarily know why it was like this. If something is going to happen, people have been quite familiar with it, so they can prepare in advance. But Walt was a fighter and had great determination; he was no aesthetic artist living in a dream world.

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.Thomas and Johnston, two of Disney's original animators, here give the inside scoop on how the studio created the works that have charmed the world.

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. One portion of the book that I found rather interesting was in chapter seven, titled, “Hyperion: The Explosion”. This world is not caused by a lack of success or luck, but most of all success will have to go through lengthy preparation.The most complete book ever written on the subject, this is the fascinating inside story, told by two long-term Disney animators, of the gradual perfection of a relatively young and particularly American art form--which no other movie studio has been able to equal. When I moved to engineering scool, my engineering graduation Master thesis was about animation and robotics, and this book was key for me to do things right. 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.

The basics have not changed and the wisdom and history of the animation process is something any animator or animation student needs. I initially got this for animation school, but I've found that I've been using it even after I got out. Not only are there animation drawings and film stills, but also concept art, candid photos, and staff caricatures. It is an incredible document - essentially an oral history of the Disney Studio and their practices by two master animators who worked there for 40+ years. Web icon An illustration of a computer application window Wayback Machine Texts icon An illustration of an open book.As a big Disney fan myself waves of nostalgia came flooding in with just a quick glance so I can just imagine her reaction! It is easy to see how the development of an individual personality in a story situation can make even the dullest action become entertaining. The authors, Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston , worked with Walt Disney himself as well as other leading figures in a half-century of Disney films. Not to be mistaken for just a “how-to-do-it,” this voluminously illustrated volume (like the classic Disney films themselves) is definitely intended for everyone to enjoy.

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