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The Animator's Survival Kit

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  6,864 ratings  ·  136 reviews
The definitive book on animation, from the Academy Award-winning animator behind Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Animation is one of the hottest areas of filmmaking today--and the master animator who bridges the old generation and the new is Richard Williams. During his more than forty years in the business, Williams has been one of the true innovators, winning three Academy Award
Paperback, Expanded Edition, 342 pages
Published 2001 by Faber & Faber
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Lunicky It has different kinds of run cycles for other animals and also answers questions about how much realism your animation should have.

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Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animation
After reading this, I quit my job and went back to school to learn all about animation! Interesting, up-to-date, "complete" and very useful guide. ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Animation students and enthusiasts.
Recommended to Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) by: Coursebook for Basic Animation
I read this for my Basic Animation class. I wouldn't say I read every page, but enough that I will count it. It's mainly illustrations but that's probably the best learning tool for this subject. Mr. Williams clearly knows his stuff when it comes to animation. He worked with all the greats, including the Old Men of Disney and he knew some of the other greats like Tex Avery. This is a must for animation students and those who want to explore the technical side of animation, and it's a good refere ...more
Katelyn Jenkins
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
iF YOU WANT TO BECOME AN ANIMATOR, THIS IS practically available everywhere. :)

Just get it! Just practice it! Get good doing your great! This book is the only of it's kind, thank you to Richard Williams, I will forever be reading this.
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As well as an extremely useful handbook for aspiring animators, this is a fascinating read for any animation buff! Williams is a master of his craft and presents clear and step-by-step examples of what he is trying to teach. He constantly references gods of the medium like Milt Kahl and Bill Tytla for reinforcement of a point or an example of a technique, which gives the impression of a rounded point of view. As well as informative, I found this book to be engaging and humorous.

If I were to give
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art-books
Richard Williams had an extraordinary life in animation. When he began his career, art schools considered solid draftsmanship passé, and animation knowledge was not widely available to the public. Williams learned animation technique in the most difficult and expensive way possible: Personally hiring industry vets and travelling to the Disney Studios to seek tips and advice. This book is a culmination of years of hands on experience and consultation from the best artists in the field. Thanks in ...more
Sabine Terky
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is a must-read for anyone interested in learning animation. I always refer back to it while working. Priceless tips by an animation mastermind.
Barack Liu
Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing

302-The Animator's Survival Kit-Richard Williams-Tool-2001


" The Animator's Survival Kit " was first published in the United States in 2001. It mainly contains information related to the history of animation, such as technology, suggestions, and techniques.

Richard Williams was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1933 and died in 2019. Studied at Northern Secondary School. In 1988, his work " Who Framed Roger Rabbit " won him two Oscars. Representative works: " The Animator's Su
Steven Walker
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book helped me immensely during my college animation classes at Ringling. It is the definitive book on animation.
Diana Habashneh
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
excellent reference. i also recommend watching the videos for more understanding
Koen Crolla
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: textbooks
Williams is obviously working from a very specific tradition of animation and targets people who animate in a studio context rather than people who want to do it on their own, but most of the advice here translates and only some of it is clearly bad (like the stagger vibration thing; it's certainly true that that is/used to be a very common way of doing it, but the only reason I know that is because it stands out like a sore thumb every single time).
I just don't understand why every man in anima
Jan 30, 2019 added it
I doubt I'll ever become an animator but I sure did learn a lot from this book! And now I appreciate more the effort that goes into making animations.
Can't say I enjoyed the whole journey, though. For someone studying the subject or working in the business the book is surely a gem, but a layman like me might find the countless pages on 'how to make a character walk' quite a slog to go through...

I totally recommend this book to anyone who has even the slightest dream of becoming an animator.
Anna Chiara
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Animation's Holy Bible. ...more
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book always blows my mind. The amount of knowledge Richard Williams had and to sit down and document all of that is astonishing to me.
An absolute must have if you are doing animation.
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone interested in hand drawn animation
Shelves: art
While I have not gotten into animation (at least not yet), this book really gives me a great wealth of information for what to expect. Not just for animation, but for great animation. It's absolutely mind blowing of the compilation of advice from not only the author himself, but of other animation veterans of different studios spelling it out for anyone who reads this.

I remember a friend of mine from school saying that doing traditional hand drawn animation was insane because of the countless dr
Gvantsa Tandilashvili
An important book for animators and animation enthusiasts. This has been a useful and faithful tool for me as an animator. I often refer to it. There's information on the different cycles and variations of them such as run, walk cycles. Learned so much about arcs, acting, body language, twinning, facial expressions, lip sync, etc. Everything is broken down and explained through pictures, drawings, and written explanations in a way that is fun and engaging. There is a lot of information geared to ...more
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Read this a long time ago. It was amazingly comprehensive and practical. It's hard to imagine a better book on the topic.

I suppose the only things lacking might be an exploration of the innovations of Japan in the field of animation, and more modern technology like flash style 2D animation and CGI - I don't remember there being anything about that, which is not surprising considering when the book was written, but it was still a great book, basically THE book, for anyone interested in traditiona
Julia Milius
Nov 10, 2018 rated it liked it
More pictures than text, reading through this book helped prepare me to succeed in my animation class. I was able to add tips and tricks from the book that helped set my animation a level above other first time animators in the class. Hearing the many approaches of animators gave me confidence in trying out new and different ways of animating. While one shouldn't include a walk cycle in their portfolio, one does need to excel at a walk cycle in order to achieve better animation. ...more
aakankshya  shrestha
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
(4.5) Need to keep this one on my arsenal for future use as well. It really got me wanting to learn to draw better and practice figure drawing.

It was really interestingly written as well. Richard Williams gave an awesome narrative.
Although I skipped some parts that dealt with professional animating stuff like lip syncing and working as an assistant, the book was still interesting for me.
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is actually my favorite book of all time (no, like, really, this is the one book I would read for the rest of my life if forced to pick one) so I'm surprised I haven't reviewed it yet?! How to even begin to describe how wonderful and useful Williams' wisdom and drawings are? Just read it. You won't regret a second of it. ...more
shimmer Mist
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Bought this to prepare and educate myself more on the concept of animation. I been drawing since I was 12 ,and now moving up to college status I wanted a hand copy of this manual by my side. Already I have learned more about the art field and animation principles through this book, and the pictures have helped me practice them. Thank you, Richard Williams.
Feb 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
I heavily enjoyed this. My favorite bits were the story and anecdotes.
Personally, I feel like the pages of walk cycles are just something you'd need to draw for the information to fully sink in, like doing a math problem to really understand it. Likewise, the story was what kept me invested and taught me things.

That being said, I'm not at animation master lmao don't listen to me.
Dave Woodward
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book on learning to execute very commonly used techniques in animation. Although I never practiced anything the book taught me, it has given me a much desired dose of knowledge on how many of my favorite 2-D animated films were made.
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Probably the best book out there for animators who are looking for animating tips.(specially beginners) Great book i thank Mr Richard Williams for this great book and sharing his experiences with the world🙏🏼
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
THIS Lovely ginormous book was gifted to me by my brothers girlfriend. and it was what I wanted for so long. THANKYOU!!!!

I have to say it gives you the basics of practically everything to do with movement, proportion, body language, facial expressions. This is really helpful.
Alex Perez
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book breaks down how the pioneers of animation created and honed the classic movement style of the 30's and 40's. Easy to follow and fun to read, with tons of reference illustrations on just about every page. ...more
Sarna na Kiju
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ok, I didnt manage to finish it, but Ive read around 260 pages and I've stopped because I feel I am not at a proper level to actually proceed the book. I will continue reading it, its really good and helpful. :) Do yourself a favor and read it if you want to animate. ...more
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I just finished it for the same week and i really enjoyed it. I loved how at first the storylines didn't seem to have anything to do with each other but slowly details were revealed to show how they are all connected. ...more
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A good startup book for animators
Alex Jon Harvey
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The greatest resource for learning animation, undeniably! However, Williams' ideas and commentary throughout are too often mysoginistic and homophobic for whatever reason. ...more
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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