Thursday, May 11, 2006

Classic Animation Book Online

The Hollywood Animation Archive has posted a complete copy of an excellent book on animation. It's called 'Advanced Animation' and it was written by Preston Blair in 1947. Blair used the characters he had been working on for Disney and MGM to illustrate his examples. He goes through all the requirements for animating, from drawing heads, hands, and complete characters to animating walks, runs, dialog and emotions. It's amazing. You can follow along and draw all the sketches yourself and you end up having taken a complete course in animation!

Go see it here.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Badgered - An Oscar-Nominated Animation

'Badgered,' a film by Sharon Colman that was nominated for an Academy Award is done in a simple illustrative style. It tells the story of a badger who just wants some quiet time but can't seem to find it.

The film takes its time telling its story and has a very effective audio track.

Watch it here.