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An Animator's Library

J. LaFlamme
The list author says: "As an instructor (and Ex. Prod. most days), I often get asked what are the best books for aspiring animators.

I created this list from my personal library.

Many of these books deal with the nuts & bolts of animation techniques & approach.
Some deal w/ art, design, storyboarding or illustration as these are related to, and helpful in, working in the animation industry.
A few apply to industry-standard software that your may want to learn.
And others are purely for inspiration.

You won't see any "all-about" books here as they all seem to reprint the same stuff.
Pick any one yourself. They usually are titled something like "THE book on animation" (Tony White's Animator's Notebook PDF series).

I even included some DVD gems.

(FYI, I have credits on Emmy-winning TV series, theatrical, & commercial productions.)"
The Animator's Survival Kit, Expanded Edition: A Manual of Methods, Principles and Formulas for Classical, Computer, Games, Stop Motion and Internet Animators
The Animator's Survival Kit, Expanded Edition: A Manual of Methods, Principles and Formulas for Classical, Computer, Games, Stop Motion and Internet Animators
"If you get just one book ... The ins & outs of animating."
The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation
The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation
"The classic companion. Production roles explained, though modern production pipelines have changed a lot over the years. No mention of CGI Rigging here."
Animation: Learn How to Draw Animated Cartoons (How to Draw Series 26)
Animation: Learn How to Draw Animated Cartoons (How to Draw Series 26)
"Five stars.  Still have mine bought in the 1970s! While the earlier editions are best, any of these editions are good. The Walter Foster editions (How to Draw Cartoon Animation) don't do anything for me."
How To Animate Film Cartoons
How To Animate Film Cartoons
"Same as above.  You can find this for about $25. "Animation 1: Learn to Animate Cartoons Step by Step" by Preston Blair is also an option for much less cost."
Character Animation Crash Course!
Character Animation Crash Course!
Animation: From Script to Screen
Animation: From Script to Screen
"Somewhat outdated, but great insight on the straight-ahead animation approach."
Animation: The Whole Story
Animation: The Whole Story
"A newer release (from a artist turned instructor) that gives a good, general overview from animation history to principles.  Slanted to the traditional approach & drawing."
Timing for Animation
Timing for Animation
"Animation is motion + timing."
Animated Performance: Bringing Imaginary Animal, Human and Fantasy Characters to Life (Required Reading Range)
Animated Performance: Bringing Imaginary Animal, Human and Fantasy Characters to Life (Required Reading Range)
Acting for Animators, Revised Edition: A Complete Guide to Performance Animation
Acting for Animators, Revised Edition: A Complete Guide to Performance Animation
"His book "Acting IN Animation" is also good."
Animation: the Basic Principles(1)
Animation: the Basic Principles(1)
"The newer book, "Character Animation & Lipsync" is good (if not better than this)."
Creating Characters with Personality: For Film, TV, Animation, Video Games, and Graphic Novels
Creating Characters with Personality: For Film, TV, Animation, Video Games, and Graphic Novels
"Be adaptable to many styles."
Force: Character Design from Life Drawing (Force Drawing Series)
Force: Character Design from Life Drawing (Force Drawing Series)
"The "Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators" is also good if you plan to animate life-like characters."
Storyboards: Motion in Art, Third Edition
Storyboards: Motion in Art, Third Edition
"May may not need to own this. Poses for storyboards often translate into animation."
PAPER DREAMS: THE ART AND ARTISTS OF DISNEY STORYBOARDS
PAPER DREAMS: THE ART AND ARTISTS OF DISNEY STORYBOARDS
"Classic drawing principles still reign in the realm of the best animators.  Study some of it here."
Drawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes: Volume 1: The Walt Stanchfield Lectures
Drawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes: Volume 1: The Walt Stanchfield Lectures
"Volume 2 is also a must have."
Vilppu Drawing Manual
Vilppu Drawing Manual
"What a great resource for artists."
Animation (Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Archive Series)
Animation (Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Archive Series)
"The additional volumes on Design & Story are also good."
Animals in Motion (Dover Anatomy for Artists)
Animals in Motion (Dover Anatomy for Artists)
"Also "The Human Figure in Motion" (though you may not need to own it). Quad-preds are difficult enough WITH a reference."
The Art of Monsters, Inc.
The Art of Monsters, Inc.
"Get in the habit of purchasing the good "Art of " books as soon as they are released and don't cost as much as this (my fav)."
Warner Brothers Animation Art
Warner Brothers Animation Art
"Good reference."
Cartoon Modern: Style and Design in 1950s Animation
Cartoon Modern: Style and Design in 1950s Animation
"Stylized design is harder than it looks, and it looks great.  UPA focus."
The Noble Approach: Maurice Noble and the Zen of Animation Design
The Noble Approach: Maurice Noble and the Zen of Animation Design
"Great stylized design cover to cover.  WB focus."
The Ancient Book Of Myth And War
The Ancient Book Of Myth And War
"Strong examples of animation design. The additional volume "Ancient Book of Sex and Science" by Scott Morse is also good."
The Best American Comics 2010 (The Best American Series)
The Best American Comics 2010 (The Best American Series)
"Any year is good."
Autodesk Maya 2010: The Modeling and Animation Handbook
Autodesk Maya 2010: The Modeling and Animation Handbook
"If you're interested in CGI, this is the bible for Maya."
Character Animation in 3D, : Use traditional drawing techniques to produce stunning CGI animation (Focal Press Visual Effects and Animation)
Character Animation in 3D, : Use traditional drawing techniques to produce stunning CGI animation (Focal Press Visual Effects and Animation)
"A few years old, but still makes the list."
[Digital] Character Animation
[Digital] Character Animation
"Volumes 1, 2, 3 ... much sought after, though dated."
Stop Staring: Facial Modeling and Animation Done Right
Stop Staring: Facial Modeling and Animation Done Right
How to Cheat in Adobe Flash CS5: The Art of Design and Animation
How to Cheat in Adobe Flash CS5: The Art of Design and Animation
"The best Flash animation book."
Looney Tunes: Platinum Collection, Vol. 1 [Blu-ray]
Looney Tunes: Platinum Collection, Vol. 1 [Blu-ray]
"Watch it frame by frame (even trace the drawings) & you'll learn a lot."
Walt Disney Treasures - The Complete Goofy
Walt Disney Treasures - The Complete Goofy
"While this whole series is good, the best animation is on Goofy. Watch it frame by frame (even trace the drawings) & you'll learn a lot."
Walt Disney Animation Collection, Vol. 1: Mickey and the Beanstalk
Walt Disney Animation Collection, Vol. 1: Mickey and the Beanstalk
"All the shorts films in this series are good."
Buster Keaton Collection - 15 Shorts, 5 Movies
Buster Keaton Collection - 15 Shorts, 5 Movies
"Great to study facial expressions, movement from one of the comedic masters."
The Harold Lloyd Comedy Collection Vols. 1-3
The Harold Lloyd Comedy Collection Vols. 1-3
"Great to study facial expressions, movement from one of the comedic masters."
Animated cartoons; how they are made, their origin and development
Animated cartoons; how they are made, their origin and development
"A reprint (an old edition is best) of the same book that taught a young Walt Disney back in the 1920s. Not that practical, but great for history's sake."
The Point
The Point
"Watched this on TV when it initially aired (mid 1970s!) & it was such a surprise. Very under-rated.  Narration by Ringo & fantastic soundtrack by Nilsson!"