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Animated Life: A Lifetime of tips, tricks, techniques and stories from a Disney Legend (Animation Masters Title)

Animated Life: A Lifetime of tips, tricks, techniques and stories from a Disney Legend (Animation Masters Title) [Kindle Edition]

Floyd Norman
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A well designed, well written animated film has warmth, humor and charm. Since Steamboat Mickey, animators have been creating characters and films that are charming, warm and humorous, allowing people to connect with the animated medium. Animaton fans love the characters for a lifetime. This is the legacy of the countless animators and artists who created the classic characters and fun stories and the legacy of Disney Legend, Floyd Norman.  Written with wit and verve, Animated Life is a guided tour through an entire lifetime of techniques, practical hands-on advice and insight into an entire industry. A vital tutorial in animation's past, present and future for students who are now poised to be part of another new generation in the art form. Apply artistic magic to your own projects and garner valuable insight and inspiration from a True Disney legend. With valuable advice, critical comment, and inspiration for every student of the arts, Animated Life is a classic in the making with completely relevant techniques and tools for the contemporary animation or fine arts professional.

About the Author

Floyd E. Norman (born c. 1936) is an American animator who worked on the Walt Disney animated features Sleeping Beauty, The Sword in the Stone and The Jungle Book along with various animated short projects at Disney in the late '50s and early '60s. After Walt Disney's death in 1966 Floyd Norman left Disney Studios to co-found the AfroKids animation studio with business partner animator/director Leo Sullivan. Norman and Sullivan worked together on various projects such as the original Hey! Hey! Hey! It's Fat Albert television special which aired in 1969 on NBC. (not to be confused with the later Fat Albert series made by Filmation Associates.) Floyd Norman returned to Disney at one point in the early 1970s to work on the Disney animated feature Robin Hood. More recently he has worked on motion pictures for the Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios, having contributed creatively as a story artist on films such as Toy Story 2 and Monsters, Inc. for Pixar and Mulan, Dinosaur and The Hunchback of Notre Dame for Walt Disney Animation among others. He continues to work for the Walt Disney Co. as a freelance consultant on various projects. Norman had his start as an assistant to comic book artist Bill Woggon who lived in the Santa Barbara area that Norman grew up in. In the 1980s he worked as a writer in the comic strip department at Disney and was the last scripter for the Mickey Mouse comic strip before it was discontinued.[1] Floyd Norman has also published several books of cartoons inspired by his lifetime of experiences in the animation industry : Faster! Cheaper!, Son of Faster, Cheaper!, and How The Grinch Stole Disney . He is currently a columnist for the websites and He was named a Disney Legend in 2007. In 2008, he appeared as Guest of Honor at Anthrocon 2008 [2] and at Comic-Con International where he was awarded an Inkpot Award.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 15378 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (15 Feb 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008SA7RCS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring read from a Disney Legend 12 Aug 2013
Floyd E. Norman is a veteran American animator who has worked in the animation industry for decades, more specifically from 1956 to 2000.

With this book Animated Life, he tells us the story about how it was like working for Disney as an animator. It's a story from the inside as he introduces us to all his coworkers and their jobs, talks about animation production, management, and reminisce about the good old days working with Walt Disney. It reads like a autobiography. There are lots of interesting stories, like how he bought Roy Disney's video camera and filmed the 1965 Watts Riots, quirks of different people, learning on the job.

The other half of the book is on tips, tricks and other observations, mainly observations. It can be about filming, getting fired, storytelling, marketing, new animators on the job, racial politics, Steve Jobs, etc. The last part are some brief exercises on storytelling and idea generation.

The book written in a very candid manner. You can tell he loves animation and it's like he's telling the stories as if they happened yesterday.

Since Floyd Norman is pretty much a Disney guy -- he was named Disney Legend in 2007 -- much of the animation industry is seen from his eyes while working at Walt Disney Studios. The stories are mainly from the early days. He did work with Pixar until Monsters Inc, but the later stories aren't as detailed.

It's a nice inspiring read for those who like to learn more about the animation industry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Floyd Norman, a true Disney Legend! 23 Nov 2013
By disneykaren - Published on
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Floyd Norman, a Disney Legend, has many stories to share. He has a very positive attitude in life and it comes across in this wonderful book about his times working as a Disney animator as well as his other careers.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Part autobiography, part animator instruction manual, all amazing 16 Nov 2013
By W. McCoy - Published on
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An Animated Life is part autobiography, part guide to being an animator. Floyd Norman has worked at Disney studio, and with Pixar. He's run his own company and did the Mickey Mouse syndicated comic strip for awhile.

The book is full of his personal stories from the trenches. He worked in the Disney Studio as things were changing and worked on films like Jungle Book, Toy Story and The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, among others. He also spends a good chunk of the book instructing younger animators with the lessons he's learned along the way. Lessons like how important story is, and taking risks.

Mr. Norman seems like a very amiable person, and he never seeks to stooping to dishing dirt, even though he's probably got some stories. His willingness to be a mentor to a younger generation and to pass on his wisdom is a beautiful thing to see. Recommended for Disney animation fans and aspiring animators.

I was provided a review copy by Focal Press and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for letting me review this marvelous book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 18 Jun 2014
By Greg Bowie - Published on
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I'm honored to be the owner of this book,because Floyd Norman is a great man,not to minion what he's accomplished in his lifetime
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4.0 out of 5 stars Animated Life 15 Nov 2013
By Jeff Harmon - Published on
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Animated Life is a very good book. It has a lot of information and tips which are concise and helpful, however this book can not really stand a lone and expects that you pick up more books with more animation details to go with it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read on the Story of Floyd Norman 10 Jun 2013
By John Mumford - Published on
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This book gives even more insight to what it was like to be in the animation industry. Its full of personal stories about the people Norman worked with. The book also contains many photos taken by Norman as well as his personal art.
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