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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: friends of ED; 1st ed. 2002. Corr. 2nd printing 2004 edition (1 Jan 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590592077
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590592076
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 1.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 706,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Glenn Kirkpatrick has worked for Hanna-Barbera and Disney in Australia and Japan, and was the animation and layout supervisor on the TV series "Rugrats" and "King of the Hill". Glenn formed Australia's premier Flash animation studio, Funnyazhell Animation, which produces high quality animations for the Web and broadcast television.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Jan 2003
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if you want to learn cartooning, you should start here. I'd seen these guy's work before, on the 'net - and on TV little did i realise - and they are fantastic animators. The funnyazhell site is really funny, especially El Snakehips - check it out, and it turns out that they're not too shy at teaching either.
The book keeps you going at just the right pace, teaching you the basics of drawing with Flash early on, encouraging you to design your own characters, and you learn how to animate them as you follow along. I'd have liked to have seen more walking cycles for refference as i'm finding that bit really hard - but i guess it's up to you to experiment and find your own style, as they say.
Kevin and Glenn are even magnamous enough to recomend other animaition textbooks, like the 'Illusion of Life', and cartoons (they're big Ren 'n' Stimpy fans) for inspiration. And that's all I'll need, inspiration, as I recon all you need to know about Flash animation is in this book - and great drawings throughout!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Maven Janson on 1 Mar 2004
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I purchased this book as I needed aid in animating in flash, but this was not at all what I expected it to be, if your new to animation then this is ideal... this book is exactly similar to "The Animator's Survival Kit" it tells you how to frame draw animations, do storyboards and how to turn a script into an animation with scenes.
With the title called "Flash Cartoon Animation" you would expect a fair amount of tutorials, but they are very and i mean VERY basic- ease in and ease out, basic motion tweens, things that you can learn by just messing around with Flash yourself.
Ideally this book isn't fantastic, it just repeats alot of what is said in the Animators Survival Kit by Richard Williams, if you are looking to animate cartoons in flash and need help, your best of looking elsewhere.
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By A Customer on 21 Jan 2003
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if you want to learn cartooning, you should start here. I'd seen these guy's work before, on the 'net - and on TV little did i realise - and they are fantastic animators. The funnyazhell site is really funny, especially El Snakehips - check it out, and it turns out that they're not too shy at teaching either.
The book keeps you going at just the right pace, teaching you the basics of drawing with Flash early on, encouraging you to design your own characters, and you learn how to animate them as you follow along. I'd have liked to have seen more walking cycles for refference as i'm finding that bit really hard - but i guess it's up to you to experiment and find your own style, as they say.
Kevin and Glenn are even magnamous enough to recomend other animaition textbooks, like the 'Illusion of Life', and cartoons (they're big Ren 'n' Stimpy fans) for inspiration. And that's all I'll need, inspiration, as I recon all you need to know about Flash animation is in this book - and great drawings throughout!
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A nice overview of creating an animation from start to finish, but I would have much preferred to just have more focused and simplified chapters on the key parts to the animation process. Too often went off track into other interesting ideas, but it meant that I lost the "plot".

So a useful book, but I wanted to use this in my teaching and I'd have too much effort to go from the ideas in the book to useful teaching resource in the classroom.
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I want to start some animation series on YouTube, and this is VERY helpful, if you are a beginner like me.
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