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on November 22, 2013
Floyd Norman, a Disney Legend, has many stories to share. He has a very positive attitude in life and it comes across in this wonderful book about his times working as a Disney animator as well as his other careers.
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on November 15, 2013
An Animated Life is part autobiography, part guide to being an animator. Floyd Norman has worked at Disney studio, and with Pixar. He's run his own company and did the Mickey Mouse syndicated comic strip for awhile.

The book is full of his personal stories from the trenches. He worked in the Disney Studio as things were changing and worked on films like Jungle Book, Toy Story and The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, among others. He also spends a good chunk of the book instructing younger animators with the lessons he's learned along the way. Lessons like how important story is, and taking risks.

Mr. Norman seems like a very amiable person, and he never seeks to stooping to dishing dirt, even though he's probably got some stories. His willingness to be a mentor to a younger generation and to pass on his wisdom is a beautiful thing to see. Recommended for Disney animation fans and aspiring animators.

I was provided a review copy by Focal Press and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for letting me review this marvelous book.
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TOP 50 REVIEWERon August 11, 2013
Floyd E. Norman is a veteran American animator who has worked in the animation industry for decades, more specifically from 1956 to 2000.

With this book Animated Life, he tells us the story about how it was like working for Disney as an animator. It's a story from the inside as he introduces us to all his coworkers and their jobs, talks about animation production, management, and reminisce about the good old days working with Walt Disney. It reads like a autobiography. There are lots of interesting stories, like how he bought Roy Disney's video camera and filmed the 1965 Watts Riots, quirks of different people, learning on the job.

The other half of the book is on tips, tricks and other observations, mainly observations. It can be about filming, getting fired, storytelling, marketing, new animators on the job, racial politics, Steve Jobs, etc. The last part are some brief exercises on storytelling and idea generation.

The book written in a very candid manner. You can tell he loves animation and it's like he's telling the stories as if they happened yesterday.

Since Floyd Norman is pretty much a Disney guy -- he was named Disney Legend in 2007 -- much of the animation industry is seen from his eyes while working at Walt Disney Studios. The stories are mainly from the early days. He did work with Pixar until Monsters Inc, but the later stories aren't as detailed.

It's a nice inspiring read for those who like to learn more about the animation industry.
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on June 10, 2013
This book gives even more insight to what it was like to be in the animation industry. Its full of personal stories about the people Norman worked with. The book also contains many photos taken by Norman as well as his personal art.
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on November 15, 2013
Animated Life is a very good book. It has a lot of information and tips which are concise and helpful, however this book can not really stand a lone and expects that you pick up more books with more animation details to go with it.
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on June 10, 2013
a rare and indispensable look into the inner workings of the animation industry, by one who's lived it, and knows how to make it live for others.
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on November 17, 2014
One of a kind. You can't beat the best of the best. Go inside and learn of one of the most outstanding creators in the animation business. It's a blessing this book was written at all. I'm holding on to this copy and I've been telling others about it. Get while it's still in print.
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on September 5, 2015
The book came as described, very beat up and torn with marked pages which is why I bought it.

The author is of great value for historias and the like, but here he is very, very repeatious.
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on January 19, 2015
The transaction and the book are great.
Thanks, Janet
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on June 18, 2014
I'm honored to be the owner of this book,because Floyd Norman is a great man,not to minion what he's accomplished in his lifetime
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