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A history of the Disney Animators techniques By Ko Maruyama
A history of the Disney Animators techniques

Chances are, if you?re an animator, you?ve heard about the nine old men from Disney as told in a way that might seem like a folktale.  Andreas Deja and Focal Press have crafted a book that takes you on an inspiring ride through the wonderful world of The Nine Old Men and their techniques. But even more than simple rules and technique, the book illuminates the personality and character that each artist brought to the table.


If you?re considering some kind of animation class, whether formal or informal, the discussions of movement that were laid out by Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston of ?the 9? as 12 principles of animation are important reading.  The practices should be required reading in fact.  The processes alone are only part of their story.  The nine 'old men' (Les Clark, Wolfgang Reitherman, Eric Larson, Ward Kimball, Milt Kahl, Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston, John Lounsbery, Marc Davis) and their consideration for story and emotional effect is paramount.


These men were animators. They were creative directors, doodlers, mechanics, and choreographers.
As much as the words on the page, the illustrations in context help to give the reader an understanding of the concepts that the 9 laid out for us (not to mention some fantastic Disney art).
From post war animations ?The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad? to the jazz bugs of ?Woodland Cafe?, you?ll find many of your favorite characters in poses and keyframes.
Some of the illustrations from the archive have never been seen before by the public.


As a teacher, you may want to assign readings from this book to round out a lesson in character animation.  
As a student, you can keep coming back to this book for lessons and tips to round out the animations you may have previously thought ?had everything?.
As an animator, this book will drive you to consider the potential in your craft, and prop you up - dedication to details will help to make your animations better.

Even fans of Disney animation and artwork will want to add this book to their collection.  The hardcover binding should keep this book in good shape, as you?ll want to go through it just for the illustrations alone.

You can find it in bookstores, Target, Amazon, and on the CRCPress website.

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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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