- Publisher: Hyperion Books (Adult Trd Pap) (February 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786885068
- ISBN-13: 978-0786885060
- Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,825,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation
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Top Customer Reviews
Whats really inspiring is the dedication all the young artists showed in exploring this new medium, and how Walt Disney's amazing gifts as a leader, visionary, and storyteller kept the "Disney Train" surging ahead even after Disney's death in 1966.
The book is great for people like myself to read straight up, but I get a kick out of those that say it's dry and boring. The book itself is full of the best wisdoms of the founding fathers of animation. The samples are great and it's full of great behind the scenes photos and stories. I really enjoyed the character sketches and quick animations. Definately not a book to miss if you are interested in getting into animation, both hand-drawn and computer. It applies to both because it teaches you the fundamentals of animaton, the timing, the story, and the overall production. It's a great foundation for anyone wanting to learn the craft.
If all you're looking for is some hold-my-hand-and-teach-me-how-to-draft-sequential-drawings-book , check out Tony White's book, or Preston Blair's excellent text, or one in the Juvenile section of the library, but if you want to know how to *breathe life into your animation*, this books is a MUST HAVE. Period.
Also check out Richard William's "The Animator's Survival Kit" for a good "sequel" (in a way), and some advanced nuts & bolts stuff.
This is still the single best animation book available, and will be the animation "bible" for years to come. I'm at a loss as to why someone wouldn't be able to glean an amazing amount of wisdom from this book - it confounds me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Of course it's not just for kids. But please start them off with this if you have children, or have a loved one who is having one, and you feel they would appreciate access to... Read morePublished 4 days ago by CGroovy75
This work is just lovely; nostalgic, informative and wonderfully readable, it's pages are covered with a profusion of helpful and simply gorgeous illustrations. Read morePublished 5 days ago by CandaceAL
Gave this as a gift to my daughter. She worked at Disneyland for many years as one type of artist or another. This was her favorite Christmas gift. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Bette M. Moore
Very good book, the way in which the process has animation and the stories of the movies make it very interesting.Published 22 days ago by Maury
This is a wonderful work of ART and Story telling. Once I opened the cover, I was pulled in. It is not for everyone, but I do believe that any and all artists need to read, and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mitchell Greene
Wow what a whopper of a book. 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... Read morePublished 2 months ago by JC Davenport
The best book available on the history of Disney animation. Buy it in hardcover--it is gorgeous, and you will use it over and over again for reference.Published 2 months ago by David Mattingly
Oh man! This book is a collectors item as well. So awesome!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer