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Cartoon Animation

4.29  ·  Rating Details ·  704 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
This is the one sourcebook that cartooning and animation enthusiasts have been clamoring about for years! A time-tested classic, this tried-and-true reference is often used as a textbook in cartooning workshops, and beginning and professional cartoonists alike are known to have copies of Cartoon Animation in their libraries. In this comprehensive title, famed animator Pres ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 1st 1994 by Walter Foster Publishing (first published January 1st 1980)
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Tom Beland
Sep 19, 2014 Tom Beland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My father bought me this book when I was four years old. I now use the book to teach students and I'm 51. It really is to go to book on animation techniques and how to get your characters to act
Sep 14, 2015 Justin is currently reading it
The Animator's Survival Kit is without a doubt the first item on the list of all aspiring animators and animation enthusiasts, but Cartoon Animation by Preston Blair is a close second. It covers the same material seen in the Survival Kit, but just not as extensively; however, Blair spends ample time demonstrating how to construct and design classic Disney and Warner Bros. styled characters.

Great read if you can find it.
Raymond McDonald
Jan 17, 2017 Raymond McDonald rated it really liked it
Good primer on animation. Spends the first 80 pages on simplified drawing for animation (think 40s cartoon style, Disney stuff) and the rest on the principles and practices of animation. Good book to begin getting a handle on this kind of stuff. Feel free to skip the parts on shooting your own animation with film, since the book was written long before much cheaper and more convenient options were available via your computer. Still a good insight into the history of animation, and everything els ...more
May 02, 2016 3moopydelfy rated it really liked it
Un livre à offrir à tous ceux qui apprécient l’animation et aiment crayonner. Un cadeau intemporel séduisant, pour petits et grands. Les explications et certains dessins ont été revus en fonction des droits. Pour les curieux, Preston Blair a donné naissance à la pin-up dans le style de Jessica Rabbit en nettement plus craquante de Tex Avery, la version Chaperon Rouge qui a su émoustiller toute une génération à son époque. Le ton s’avère simple, pratique, sans grands difficultés. Il est parfait p ...more
Jul 27, 2013 Max rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art
Written by Preston Blair, an animator for both Disney AND MGM during the Golden Age of Animation, this book talks about animation, creating cartoon characters, and depicting their actions. While he talks about animation principles towards the back of the book, don't write off this book as being useless to anyone else.

Blair demonstrates the principles of geometric shapes, constructing your characters, and depicting action. These are solid principles that make up drawing in general and should be
Apr 05, 2012 Simon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bedroom
A combination of two Preston Blair books which present his iconic design and animation style. Blair worked for Disney (Fantasia and others) and Hanna-Barbera (Flintstones). My favourite period however is at MGM with Tex Avery (satirical, racy and very funny films). This book includes some familiar characters such as the dance routine from Red Hot Riding Hood.
Sharp reproductions in colour and black and white, glossy paper.
Stephanie Yuhas
Sep 17, 2014 Stephanie Yuhas rated it it was amazing
Paired with "The Animator's Workbook" and online software tutorials, you can learned more from this book than a 4-year degree from arts school. Believe me, I know - I just paid off that degree a few weeks ago.
Nina Harp
Sep 17, 2012 Nina Harp rated it it was amazing
This is hands down one of the greatest reference books for those interested in hand drawn animation and provides great insight into transforming your workspace into a home animation studio on the cheap. Invaluable tips on squash and stretch, walking, running, and simplified anatomy.
Nada Muhammad
Jul 26, 2010 Nada Muhammad rated it really liked it
كتاب واضح جداً ومفيد لمن هم مبتدئين مثلي في علم الرسوم المتحركة
I highly recommend this book for all the beginners in animations .
Jul 18, 2008 Sky rated it it was amazing
I must for anyone doing any kind of animation from cell to stop to 3D!
Nov 11, 2009 Michael rated it it was amazing
One of the best books EVER written about animation.
Apr 17, 2016 Zoe rated it it was amazing
Brilliant resource book for animation techniques! Highly recommend :)
Liston Morris
Mar 20, 2008 Liston Morris rated it it was amazing
This is a quick and handy reference. Preston Blair let go a lot of secrets in this book and almost got in trouble.
Mar 21, 2008 Luke rated it it was amazing
fantastic. my college animation professor turned me on to preston blair's books. i was able to get the two large size editions before they combined 'em into this one book.
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So focused on the nuts and bolts that it gets repetitive and loses its focus. Still, it prattles less than 'Illusion of Life.'
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He was an American character animator, most noted for his work at Walt Disney Productions and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer animation department.
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