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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great book!
I thought "understanding animation" gives you a very good insight to the psychology in animation,covering all areas, such as narrative strategies, ways to make you laugh, experimental animation, orthodox animation...etc. It also contains case studies for each example, which is great.I certainly find this book of much help when writing about animation,as I think...
Published on 29 Sept. 2001 by rocangas@hotmail.com

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3.0 out of 5 stars It's all there, albeit in labyrinthine form
This book is full of useful information and unique insights however Wells makes you work for your knowledge. Some say that the book is brilliantly worded, however Wells seems to struggle to put his more complex ideas into straightforward sentences, preferring to constrict these ideas into single sentences rather than giving them the space that they deserve. Good writing...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great book!, 29 Sept. 2001
This review is from: Understanding Animation (Paperback)
I thought "understanding animation" gives you a very good insight to the psychology in animation,covering all areas, such as narrative strategies, ways to make you laugh, experimental animation, orthodox animation...etc. It also contains case studies for each example, which is great.I certainly find this book of much help when writing about animation,as I think it is very complete.Great to have, especially if you are studying animation.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's all there, albeit in labyrinthine form, 8 Nov. 2012
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This book is full of useful information and unique insights however Wells makes you work for your knowledge. Some say that the book is brilliantly worded, however Wells seems to struggle to put his more complex ideas into straightforward sentences, preferring to constrict these ideas into single sentences rather than giving them the space that they deserve. Good writing should not be convoluted, and it should not be the aim of a writer to make sentences as compact as possible. Nonetheless, Understanding Animation is an ideal choice should you seek to better appreciate the workings of the animated world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for a degree in this field, 21 Oct. 2010
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At the end of the day it is an accademic text to it is going to be very wordy, but I've found that if you do other reading on the topics as well, it's easily accessable. It's a really useful book for the unit 'Popular American Animation' - a second year undergraduate module.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So very happy with this purchase, 25 Feb. 2015
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So very happy with this purchase, it was a gift and they loved it. Also speedy delivery overall very satisfied.
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2.0 out of 5 stars No sense of direction, 28 April 2011
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Well's book is brilliantly worded, yet badly realised. Page after page after page of tedious case study throw us off the main arguments and to put it bluntly, bore us. It is extremely dry, even by academic standards, which only takes away the little inspiration it contains. There are very good points in there and actually a lot of useful information, particularly the deconstruction of comedy in animated films and the history of the medium. Unfortunately though, getting at this is like trying to get blood out of a stone.

Good if you need some insight on key animations and the medium's history, but does very little to give animation an artistic or practical purpose (as I think Well's set out to do).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 21 Oct. 2014
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everything's fine, thanks a lot! A
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2.0 out of 5 stars Quite cold and academic, 20 July 2001
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I was looking forwards to reading all about animation in this book, but even as someone with a degree and used to text books, I found it dry as old toast! Not very exciting and kills the lively nature of animation.
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