The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation / Edition 1

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Overview

The most complete book ever written on the subject, this is the fascinating inside story by two long-term Disney animators of the gradual perfection of a relatively young and particularly American art form--which no other movie studio has been able to equal.

Along with relating the painstaking trial-and-error development of Disney's character animation technology, the book irresistibly charms us with almost an overabundance of the original historic drawings used in creating some of the best-loved characters in American culture: Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, Snow White and Bambi (among many, many others)--as well as early sketches used in developing memorable sequences from classic features such as Fantasia and Pinocchio. With the full cooperation of Walt Disney Productions and free access to the studio's priceless archives, the authors took unparalleled advantage of their intimate long-term experience with animated films to choose the precise drawings to illustrate their points from among hundreds of thousands of pieces of artwork carefully stored away.

Written by the ultimate Disney insiders, this "bible" of animation has become a legend in itself. This volume seeks to explain the process that makes Disney's animation unique--what sets the work of the Disney studios apart from other animation products. Here are original sketches of best-loved Disney characters, how memorable movie sequences were made, and anecdotes about working with Walt. Full-color throughout. National ads/media.

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Editorial Reviews

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Thomas and Johnston, two of Disney's original animators, here give the inside scoop on how the studio created the works that have charmed the world. "The text is ambitious," said LJ's reviewer (LJ 12/15/81). The "authors simultaneously give a history of Disney animation and explain the processes involved in clear, nontechnical terms." Along with the splendid text are dozens of color and black-and-white photographs and illustrations. A "magnificent volume" that remains "essential for film collections and a feast for the most casual peruser."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786860708
  • Publisher: Disney Editions
  • Publication date: 10/28/1995
  • Series: Disney Editions Deluxe Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 72,984
  • Product dimensions: 10.75 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2002

    Awesome

    This book is like a breath of fresh air. I'm only on page 70 and I'm floored. A must for anyone who is or wants to be a animator. Classic.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2001

    Trutly the Animation Bible!

    I'm a first year animation student, this book with only one in the school has been the highest withdrawl than any of the other books in our liberary, its the most helpful and _very_ hard to find, someone tell someone to put it back in print, THE PEOPLE NEED IT! :P

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2005

    Disney is my life!!

    Since i was little i already knew what i was goin to do when i was growing up and i wanted to work in animation and work for disney, my life dream!! And this teaches you how disney animation is so unique from others and you go step by step!! It is truley the bible of animation!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 17, 2013

    I got this book when I was seven or eight. I am now 34. I read i

    I got this book when I was seven or eight. I am now 34. I read it from cover to cover when I was a kid. If your interested in or involved in animation, film making,comics, illustration, and any kind of story making you should read this book. It contains some sound advice on how animated films work.
    I would recomend buying this over just renting it, if your in film/animation school. You will return to it over and over again and you need it in your library.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2000

    Living life as an Illusion.

    Disney has been any thing but an Illusion, his animation has given hope and joy to us all.I wish I could live my life as a cartton the Mr. Disney had dreamed it. Now that would be an 'Illusion Of Life:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2000

    Best Animation Book Ever

    I'm an animation student. If I didn't have THIS BOOK, I wouldn't be a good aniamtion student. Priceless value to anyone interested in animation.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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