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The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation Hardcover – Illustrated, October 19, 1995
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- Grade level : 5 - 9
- Item Weight : 6.28 pounds
- Hardcover : 576 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0786860707
- ISBN-13 : 978-0786860708
- Dimensions : 10.75 x 1.5 x 11.5 inches
- Reading level : 10 - 14 years
- Publisher : Disney Editions; Illustrated edition (October 19, 1995)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #14,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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That being said, it's no wonder that this was a must-have in class. It's pretty wild that my school depended on this and only a couple of other books to teach our classes. In the end, animation's really about how much time and experience you have with it, but... If you wanna up your game in the field, this is one of the best books out there I can think of.
Good luck out there, guys!
My only qualm with the book is that it is bulky/heavy. It would be great if there was a way to make it smaller to carry around as a tool rather than a coffee table book.
I read this for the history with no intention of becoming an animator. However my doodles have improved a lot since I've been reading this.
I didn’t grow up with Disney movies. When I was a kid in the 70’s Disney was in kind of a slump with their animated films. I even remember reading something somewhere about how they would never get back the old magic. But I was still affected by Disney. I was in their “Record Club” for a short while. We also somehow had little plastic Disney character figures to play with (Kids - this was before Wal-Mart and China and the Internet) I still got to see Disney Illustrations everywhere and imagine the movies that were so famous in our culture.
Then later when Disney got it’s magic back (after this book was written) I went out on a date with a girl to see Beauty and the Beast. And then got married to that girl and we lived happily ever after. And we had kids that grew up with Disney on video. So I got to see what I missed. Thank you Disney you have made my life a dream come true! Ok it wasn’t all you.
Anyway about the book . . . It’s great history. Walt Disney doesn’t actually invent anything . . . but his workers do and he creates a whole new industry and world looking for magic . . . that “golden moment” that takes an audience to another place and leaves them feeling good. The book is extremely well written, wonderfully illustrated . . . but will cost you part of your life to read word for word.
I think the lessons learned in animating are good lessons for life. Look for what is inspirational and moving. Creative teamwork can bring results no one imagined. Keep moving, and keep people engaged. Make something beautiful that people feel a part of. The character and the story are the driving and meaningful factors.
So I feel happy and sad. Sad because maybe deep down I thought there was some real magic in Disney. Happy though, that the magic they were going for was after all, life. And life is pretty special.