The Animators Survival Kit by Richard Williams – Video References

This book was recommended on various websites as being THE resource for budding animators, so I bought it. Animation in Dreams is done using keyframes, which is a a technique that goes back to the earliest animations ever created. A firm grasp of animation technique in the 2D world is still very useful, and many principles overlap.

It is a huge thick book rammed with illustrations and references, and is a very interesting read. Here are some clips that illustrate some of the films he talks about in the first few pages of his book.


Why This Book?

p1 Richard Williams The Little Island (1958)

p1 Chuck Jones: Broomstick Bunny (1955) excerpt

p1 Disney: Bambi (1942) Trailer

p3 Richard Williams animated sequences from Tony Richardson’s Charge of the Light Brigade (1968)

p3 Yellow submarine (1968) Trailer

p5 Disney: The Jungle Book (1967)

p6 Disney: Fantasia (Mushroom Dance from Nutcracker suite)(1940)

Drawing in Time

p12 Magic Lantern: The Snoring Man 19th Century

p15 The first ever animation. James Stuart Blackton: Humorous Phases of Funny Faces (1906)

p16 Emile Cohl Fantasmagorie (1908)

p16 Winsor McCay Little Nemo in Slumberland (1911)

p16 Winsor McCay: Gertie the Dinosaur (1914)

p17 Winsor McCay the Sinking of the Lusitania (1918)

p17 Felix the Cat 1920s (Uncle Tom’s Crabbin (1927))

p17 Disney: Steamboat Willie (1928)

p18 Disney: The Skeleton Dance (1929)

p17 Disney: Flowers and Trees (1932)

p19 Disney: Three little Pigs (1933)

p19 Disney: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) Trailer


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