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4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I expected, 18 April 2011
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At first I was disappointed that there was no writing what so ever to anchor the sketches. Literally none. It would've been nice to have had a bit of description or the artist's thoughts to go along side. However, the more I stared at the pages, the more intrigued I became. I'm an animation student and I've learnt about the principles of animation (Disney are after all pioneers) so it's nice to see how movements are predicted and how the in between frames reach the desired end pose. When examining the sketches I like to see where the character puts majority of their weight, or the progress of secondary animation (like Dumbo's ears for example). Moreover, it's a real relief to know that even the Disney team does rough sketches first and then a cleaner version. This can be seen from the faint circles that might be drawn in a blue pencil and also it's nice to see the use of line of action. The harder I look at the sketches, the more I can guess how they created the characters and how they drew each frame. It's still amazing though and staring at the frames still seems magical because I'm seeing the actual sketches to my favourite characters and films. If you have the money I would recommend this (the price isn't too much) if you're interested in looking at the rough sketches for Disney films. However, if you want to learn more about the principle of animations, maybe the Illusion of Life would be better suited. Even I shall purchase it when I can.
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