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The Art and Making of ParaNorman

by Jed Alger, Chris Butler & Travis Knight

From LAIKA, the studio behind the hit film Coraline, comes another marvel of stop-motion animation and creative storytelling. For ParaNorman, LAIKA's team of artists and animators built and brought to life a...


A Mickey Mouse Reader

by Garry Apgar

The first anthology to chart the Disney character's ascent to the rank of global icon


Animate to Harmony: The Independent Animator's Guide to Toon Boom

by Adam Phillips

Want to create studio-quality work and get noticed? Just coming off Flash and looking for a Toon Boom intro? Are you a traditional pencil-and-paper animator? From scene setup to the final render, learn how to...


From Walt to Woodstock: How Disney Created the Counterculture

by Douglas Brode

With his thumbprint on the most ubiquitous films of childhood, Walt Disney is widely considered to be the most conventional of all major American moviemakers. The adjective "Disneyfied" has become shorthand...


Quick Sketching with Ron Husband

by Ron Husband

Quick sketching is the best technique you can use to stay finely tuned and to keep those creative juices flowing. To keep your sense of observation heightened, and to sharpen your hand-eye coordination, an animator...


Anime Explosion!: The What? Why? and Wow! of Japanese Animation, Revised and Updated Edition

by Patrick Drazen

One of the best overviews of the anime phenomenon, its history and cultural significance, ideal for surveys and in-depth study.


Pervasive Animation

by Suzanne Buchan

This new addition to the AFI Film Readers series brings together original scholarship on animation in contemporary moving image culture, from classic experimental and independent shorts to digital animation...


The Noble Approach: Maurice Noble and the Zen of Animation Design

by Tod Polson

This extraordinary volume examines the life and animation philosophy of Maurice Noble, the noted American animation background artist and layout designer whose contributions to the industry span more than 60...


The Art and Making of Peanuts Animation: Celebrating Fifty Years of Television Specials

by Charles Solomon & Lee Mendelson

For the first time, this deluxe visual history treats Peanuts fans to an in-depth look at the art and making of the beloved animated Peanuts specials. From 1965's original classic A Charlie Brown Christmas through...


The A to Z of Animation and Cartoons

by Nichola Dobson

The A to Z of Animation and Cartoons is an introduction to all aspects of animation history and its development as a technology and industry beyond the familiar cartoons from the Disney and Warner Bros. Studios....


Iwao Takamoto: My Life with a Thousand Characters

by Iwao Takamoto & Michael Mallory

Iwao Takamoto (1925-2007) spent a lifetime in the animation industry and was influential in the creation of some of the most beloved characters in the medium's history, including Scooby-Doo, Atom Ant, The Jetsons'...


Dreamland Japan

by Frederik L. Schodt

This landmark book, first published at the height of the manga boom, is offered in a hardcover collector's edition with a new foreword and afterword. Frederik L. Schodt looks at the classic publications and...


Estonian Animation

by Chris Robinson

Ever wonder why Estonian animation features so many carrots or why cows often perform pyramids? Well, neither question is answered in Chris Robinson’s new book, Estonian Animation. Robinson’s frank, humorous,...


Playable Bodies

by Kiri Miller

What happens when machines teach humans to dance? Dance video games transform players' experiences of popular music, invite experimentation with gendered and racialized movement styles, and present new possibilities...


Funny Pictures: Animation and Comedy in Studio-Era Hollywood

by Daniel Ira Goldmark & Charles Keil

This collection of essays explores the link between comedy and animation in studio-era cartoons, from filmdom's earliest days through the twentieth century. Written by a who's who of animation authorities, Funny...


The Idea of Nature in Disney Animation: From Snow White to WALL-E

by David, Mr Whitley & Claudia, Professor Nelson

In the second edition of The Idea of Nature in Disney Animation, David Whitley updates his 2008 book to reflect recent developments in Disney and Disney-Pixar animation such as the apocalyptic tale of earth's...


Out of the Inkwell: Max Fleischer and the Animation Revolution

by Richard Fleischer

Max Fleischer (1883--1972) was for years considered Walt Disney's only real rival in the world of cartoon animation. The man behind the creation of such legendary characters as Betty Boop and the animation of...


The Poetics of Slumberland: Animated Spirits and the Animating Spirit

by Scott Bukatman

In The Poetics of Slumberland, Scott Bukatman celebrates play, plasmatic possibility, and the life of images in cartoons, comics, and cinema. Bukatman begins with Winsor McCay's Little Nemo in Slumberland to...


Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture Has Invaded the U.S.

by Roland Kelts

Contemporary Japanese pop culture such as anime and manga (Japanese animation and comic books) is Asia's equivalent of the Harry Potter phenomenon--an overseas export that has taken America by storm. While Hollywood...


Craft Notes for Animators: A Perspective on a 21st Century Career

by Ed Hooks

If Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs represented the Animation industry's infancy, Ed Hooks thinks that the current production line of big-budget features is its artistically awkward adolescence. While...