The Animator's Survival Kit 2nd Edition

4.8 out of 5 stars 4,386 ratings
ISBN-13: 978-0571202287
ISBN-10: 0571202284
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"Williams is miles ahead of anyone in the world of animation."--The New York Times

About the Author

Richard Williams has won more than 250 international awards for his animation. He currently lives in Wales.


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Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Faber & Faber; 2nd edition (January 7, 2002)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 342 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0571202284
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0571202287
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 3.48 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 9.53 x 0.95 x 11.02 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
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Richard Williams is best known as the Director of Animation and designer of the new characters for Who Framed Roger Rabbit, for which he won two Academy Awards including a Special Achievement Award.Canadian-born Williams has won three US Academy Awards, three British Academy Awards, and an Emmy among 246 international awards-- starting with his first film The Little Island in 1958.Williams has also animated title sequences for Return of the Pink Panther, The Pink Panther Strikes Again, What's New Pussycat, Casino Royale and linking sequences for The Charge of the Light Brigade, as well as countless prize-winning commercials.In 1990 he was voted by his peers as "The Animator's Animator," and in 1995 he started giving the Richard Williams Animation Masterclasses for professionals and students worldwide in London, Hollywood, New York, San Francisco, Vancouver, Sydney, Hong Kong, France and Denmark.He lives with his family in Wales and works as an independent film-maker.

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Reviewed in the United States on March 14, 2019
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2.0 out of 5 stars I should have looked at the lower reviews
By R. Stout on March 14, 2019
Not what I was expecting. I saw methods for computers and games in the description but I didn't see anything to indicate that is so. Also not appropriate for children. I saw a lot of high reviews of people giving it to their sons, but their is no way I'm giving this to my 12 year old step son. I posted a few pictures but not all. There is literally 4 pages of an old woman walking with her boobs bouncing in whichever direction. WTF?!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone interested in animation
By Boatman on April 2, 2018
Awesome book to understand how animation works. The history/biography, in the beginning, was a little boring. But once I got past that, it was really good. I have been spending most of my time learning how animation software works from Adobe and Toon Boom Harmony (personal fave). And this book really fills all the holes on how animation works. I'm about 1/3 of the way done with the book already. I will have to update when done...but so far...I love it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bad delivery for a great book.
By FritzThird on June 29, 2020
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I give this book five stars, as I’m already acquainted with it from my local library and know that the information is valuable.  Now that I've become serious about animating, I needed a copy for myself.  I think most will enjoy this book and find it as valuable as I do - I highly recommend it.

RIP Richard Williams 1933-2019

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I don't understand why my book was shipped with a heavy-ish object (ESOW Kitchen Water Filter Faucet) even when I chose not to consolidate my orders to save on packaging.  I think all books need to be shipped individually in literature mailers.  It drives me crazy when a book arrives damaged.
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Boshy
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing for both 2D and 3D animators
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 7, 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing for both 2D and 3D animators
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 7, 2019
I have recently started doing 3D animations, and there is a lot of content out there but this book is timeless. Even though it's focused on 2D (more or less cartoon style animations), the lessons learned here are timeless and can easily apply to both 2D and 3D mediums.

It significantly improved my animation skills and how I approach animations, and I'm only half way through it so I expect it's going to help me out even more by the time it's finished.
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Jink
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Useful!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 26, 2019
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Snooze You Loose
5.0 out of 5 stars this is fantastic for beginners - amazing book.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 1, 2015
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Scott
4.0 out of 5 stars A throught-provoking read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 12, 2018
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Cherish Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Animators Bible
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 30, 2017
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