The 12 fundamental principles Disney animators discovered in the 1930s still apply, but Disney's animators would've flipped out if you handed them a copy of Flash 5. They'd need this book to show them how to apply their age-old ideas with this newfangled tool.
The Art of Cartooning with Flash comes from the animators at Twinkle (don't know their work? Hop over to www.twinkleland.com/gallery2.html -- we'll wait). You'll discover how they've learned to meld technology and creative imagination, and learn a raft of "secret" details that make the difference between "run-of-the-mill" and superb animations. Some of this is technical (nested symbols and motion tweening aren't optimized for character animation; you'll need more manual adjusting than you'd like.) Much of it isn't: how to tell a good animated story, for example. After observing that "funny can't be taught," the authors come as close as anyone ever has.
The book's climax is a walk-through of an entire episode of Jickett's Speed Shop: 145 shots, each explained, shortcuts, cheats, trick angles, and all (the episode itself's on the accompanying CD-ROM). You'll enjoy every second of it -- and every page of this book. (Bill Camarda)
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. He served for nearly ten years as vice president of a New Jerseybased marketing company, where he supervised a wide range of graphics and web design projects. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.