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Books about animations aspiring animators should read

Rachel Nabors recommends these 10 books:

The Art of Frozen (9781452117164): Charles Solomon, John Lasseter, Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee: Books

  • Rated 4.6 by 188 users
  • The Art of Frozen had so many design and storytelling insights. Less so actual animation insight. Still worth it. (Posted on Twitter)

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Cartoon Animation (Collector's Series): Preston Blair: 8601200620801

  • Rated 4.6 by 121 users
  • That's a goldmine! "Cartoon Animations" and "Dream Scapes" (not on there). You getting into animation, too? (Posted on Twitter)

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Tezuka School of Animation, 2: Animals in Motion: Tezuka Productions: 9781569709948

  • Rated 4.5 by 7 users
  • Darn it, where is my Tezuka School of Animation book about animal movement? (Posted on Twitter)

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Tezuka School of Animation, 1: Learning the Basics (9781569709955): Tezuka Productions: Books

  • Rated 4.4 by 13 users
  • My book pick for learning animation core concepts: "Tezuka School of Animation: Learning the Basics" (Posted on Twitter)

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Anime: A History (9781844573905): Jonathan Clements: Books

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Drawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes: Volume 1: The Walt Stanchfield Lectures: Walt Stanchfield, Don Hahn: 8601405044624

  • Rated 4.6 by 141 users
  • I'm getting so much out of the first few pages of "Drawn to Life". If you work with graphics of any kind, it's worth looking through. (Posted on Twitter)

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Drawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes: Volume 2: The Walt Stanchfield Lectures: Walt Stanchfield, Don Hahn: 8601300165707

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Storyboard Design Course: Principles, Practice, and Techniques: Giuseppe Cristiano: 9780764137327

  • Rated 4.1 by 20 users
  • Although this book is repetitive in places, and some of the advice (like on building a web site) is rubbish, there's enough nice industry knowledge in this book to make it a valuable purchase. Wish I'd had this three years ago, when I was looking to do more with my cartoonist abilities. (Posted on Goodreads)

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Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration (8601400995709): Ed Catmull, Amy Wallace: Books

  • Rated 4.7 by 1154 users
  • Like Ed Catmull. I love his book, Creativity Inc. I was so close to hero worship. Then found out about his wage fixing. (Posted on Twitter)

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The Making of Fantastic Mr. Fox (9780847833542): Wes Anderson: Books

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Rachel Nabors says,

Award-winning cartoonist, Web GDE

"Hero of a Thousand Faces" doesn't make you a master storyteller any more than "The Illusion of Life" makes you a motion designer. But you should still read those books if you want to be either—just remember to keep reading OTHER books and ADDING to that knowledge. Here are some good books to learn animation and interesting behind the scenes book on popular movies.

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