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  • Hardcover: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (28 May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415115965
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415115964
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,152,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Wells is Senior Lecturer at DeMontfort University, Leicester.


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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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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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By A Customer on 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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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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