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Animated Life: A Lifetime of tips, tricks, techniques and stories from a Disney Legend (Animation Masters) by [Norman, Floyd]
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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 JimHillMedia.com and AfroKids.com. 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: 19540 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0240818059
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (15 Feb. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008SA7RCS
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,493,880 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 12 Aug. 2013
Format: Paperback
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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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 13 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Floyd Norman, a true Disney Legend! 23 Nov. 2013
By disneykaren - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great info but after watching the documentary I wish there ... 3 Jan. 2017
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Great info but after watching the documentary I wish there was more of his artwork in the book. Lot of great photos of people he worked with through the years.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Animated Life 15 Nov. 2013
By Jeff Harmon - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
By T. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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One of a kind. You can't beat the best of the best. Go inside and learn of one of the most outstanding creators in the animation business. It's a blessing this book was written at all. I'm holding on to this copy and I've been telling others about it. Get while it's still in print.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 18 Jun. 2014
By Greg Bowie - Published on Amazon.com
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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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