-The Illusion of Life-
Here another Animation Bible “The Illusion of Life”, a book that you really must have if you want to became part of this world and you are animation fan!
Written by Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas, two of the Disney’s “Nine Old Men”, 1981
This book is really a magical and marvelous trip to the past, a nostalgic dip into the Disney Animation world!
Starting from the paper cover which portrays an illustration from Pinocchio, if you take off this one you also have a very cool blue fabric cover with an other illustration from the same movie!
This book will keep you company for quite some time, 575 pages of history of animation!
From the concept of animation and how everything starts…
The birth of the Walt Disney Studio, from the very first works to the creation of Mickey Mouse, full of incredible and inspirational stories!
A chapter about the Principle of Animations, that were mentioned for the first time in this book, clearly and perfectly explained! This is absolutely the best and more fascinating description of the principles!
The 4th chapter is about the mentality behind Disney and the approach that Walt and his men had to animation! Anecdotes and fun stories of the first Disney Animators and their works, that are really a source of inspiration for new animators!
The entire book is full of iconic old pictures, illustrations and sketches!
You’ll bring into the Disney Studio organization, how they were used to work and other stories regarding the productions of the Disney success!
The birth of the Burbank Studio and the Nine Old Men!
An incredibly detailed trip into the creation of a Disney Movie! From the choice of the Team, to sketches, to the description of all the different departments jobs: Layouts, Animation, Background Paintings, Special Effects etc…
A chapter for the hard work behind the sound of a Movie, the research of the perfect sounds effects to support the animations!
The use of Live Action references from humans and animals, the studio of the anatomy at the basis of a good and convincing animation!
Walks that emphasize the characters personality!
The creation of a great and magical story!
A character development!
A chapter about the Villains in the Disney Movies!
Tips to animate expressions and Dialogues!
Blinks, Lipsynch, Acting and Emotions!
And final, an analysis of different animation styles, experimentations and animation in the future!
So, I really suggest you this book, is AMAZING and…
any Disney animation fan will love it! 😉