There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The illusion of life: Disney animation. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I looked through it constantly, and many of the pages still have depressions along the edges of the characters where I traced them. Those early, “primitive” cartoons could h, Well, it looks like it took me eight months to slowly pick through this book, but it’s definitely worth soaking in all the details. The Illusion of Life is the most massive, formidable-looking book I have ever seen about classic Disney animation. At Savannah College of Art & Design, I was told it was a must read for animators... and yes it truly is. Explore more behind-the … We’d love your help. October 19th 1995 This book opened by eyes about all the subtleties and insights about the classical 2D animation. It also goes into the history of some essential animators in disney's early career. This is an unbelievable book about Disney animation. When I was a kid, I checked this book out from the library over and over and over again until my parents finally bought me my own copy. “We seem to know when to ‘tap the heart.’ Others have hit the intellect. Traditional animation techniques are discussed in depths from legendary animators. This is without a doubt the animator's bible. every year the mouse cranks out a dozen bland management approved histories of the early films. Even though it’s outdated, you got the idea of the whole process: how much time, effort, money does animation need to get ready. In fact, the book is filled with inspiration for anyone who is creative. A marvelous resource for animators, but racist at times. We can hit them in an emotional way. this is not one of them. Start by marking “The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Nostalgia and film buffs, students of popular culture, and that very broad audience who warmly responds to the Disney "illusion of life" will find this book compelling reading (and looking!). A great book for Disney lovers and animators. Searching for that perfect gift for the animation fan in your life? Those who appeal to the intellect only appeal to a very limited group. I wanted to be a Disney Animator more then life its self growing up. I found it both fascinating and educational, and therefore enjoyed it very much. I thought at first the book was too expensive (by my standards), and I waited so long before buying it; but what I got is one of the most wonderful book one could imagine. Of course, this was written by two of the Nine Old Men, so what did I expect? Walt Disney Productions. Regardless, this big, gorgeous book is packed with details about the entire animation and filmmaking process. I took this book up mainly because of the writers themselves, Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, founding fathers of hand drawn animation. I got this book when I was around ten. Well, it looks like it took me eight months to slowly pick through this book, but it’s definitely worth soaking in all the details. Had to read it, since it is a miracle when I see my bf reading things... 15 books in his life! You will thank us later :). It's earned a place on the shelf as one of my favorites. Every time I read this Bible of Animation is like living a parallel life in a Disney world; a world of a true genius man and his talented artists, surely among the greatest to ever grace the screen. Although this book is not a quick read, it doesn't make it a dull book by any means. Refresh and try again. this helps an animator to think, learn and execute 2D classical animation in new ways. As an animator, it's your bible. Of course, this was written by two of the Nine Old Men, so what did I expect? by Disney Editions. There’s a huge amount of material here, and the book is not up to date. This book explores the early problems these artists came across when doing exactly what animation is designed to do: breathe life into a sequence of drawings... and trick the audience into feeling sentiment for what is essentially an optical illusion. can anybody help me?? Disney Animation: The Illusion of Life (later republished as The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation) is a book by Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, two of the key animators at Disney during the Golden Age of animation. There are pictures on every page and chock full of information. The Walt worship of the early chapters gets to be a bit much, and I wish that just a little room had been given for alternate perspectives about the medium’s history. It is a detailed account of the development of the Disney animation process. One of my favorites. It’s just that the move toward realism wasn’t an inevitable upgrade for the form. The Walt worship of the early chapters gets to be a bit much, and I wish that just a little room had been given for alternate perspectives about the medium’s history. It's a deep charming journey in their creativeness, their ideas, their vision, and their powerful, simple, poetic aesthetic art; I thought at first the book was too expensive (by my standards), and I waited so long before buying it; but what I got is one of the most wonderful book one could imagine. It's a great book to read and a great book to flip through. Full of great drawings and art from the films, it also gives you an inside look at how Walt ran the studio and how some of the most beautiful animation scenes were filmed. It is full of amazing imagery that jumps right off the stage. I have added this bool in my shelf but not getting link to read online.. plz help, See all 3 questions about The Illusion of Life…, Michiko Kakutani's Gift Guide Book Recommendations. Welcome back. My aunt bought me this book one Christmas. Available Formats Print. This is a fabulous read for anyone interested in animation, not just Disney animation. Beautiful book. The most complete book on the subject ever written, this is the fascinating inside story by two long-term Disney animators of the gradual perfecting of a relatively young and particularly American art from, which no other move studio has ever been able to equal. It’d be wonderful if the next version could incorporate the new animation themes. A book that you always reference when you're in a bind. I first read this book about a decade ago. This is probably the most important book written in the subject of animation, even though familiarity with the subject has grown since its writing. It’s just that the move toward realism wasn’t an inevitable upgrade for the form. It's pretty much THE BOOK on classic Disney animation. Thought it may be more of a tutorial book but is more of the history of animation and principles behind Disney's early years. Thomas, F., & Johnson, O. Bought this when I was deciding what I wanted to be when I grew up... cartoonist, vet, lawyer or tbd. I wish it wasn’t so technical because I skimmed a lot of the actual animation stuff because I don’t want to learn all the technique of animation, instead wanna learn about Disney. Topping the list of "best animation books of all time" in a poll at AWN, it is still used as reference on and source of inspiration for character animation. Those early, “primitive” cartoons could have developed in different, equally interesting directions. Pulitzer Prize–winning literary critic Michiko Kakutani, the former chief book critic of The New York Times, is the author of the newly... To see what your friends thought of this book, This site has nothing to do with piracy mate. To me, the key take away is how a complex, stylized animation style can be decomposed into smaller, understandable chunks (i.e., the 12 principles of animation). Reads like a novel, but full of priceless information on the craft. I don't can ever finish this book. Franklin M. "Frank" Thomas was an American animator. The real thing behind this is: we are in the motion picture business, only we are drawing them instead of photographing them.” - Walt Disney. It's a great book,from it I found my caricature dream! The Illusion of Life Disney Animation by: Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston Buy Now. Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston take you into the heart of the "Disney magic" by giving history lessons and animation lessons on every page. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published It would be at least twice the size if it had been written today and included recent Disney movies and computer animation. Sorry but nobody will give you book here, we just write about reviews, our opinions and how we like some, This site has nothing to do with piracy mate. If you work in the animation industry or are considering a career in animation this book is a "must read". It's an inside look into the history of Disney, animation and its principles, the early days in the studio and how things were done with beautiful drawings and photographs of various Disney characters and the artists. It's a deep charming journey in their creativeness, their ideas, their vision, and their powerful, simple, poetic aesthetic art; an art that will never be reached again(especially now that animation is just about lifeless CG movies).