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From the Academy Award-winning animator behind Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Winner of more than 250 international
awards for his animation, Richard Williams now passes along his knowledge to a new generation of animators in
The Animator's Survival Kit: A Manuel of Methods, Principles and Formulas (Faber and Faber; 0571202284; Paperback;
December 2001).

Animation is one of the hottest areas of filmmaking today -- and the master animator who bridges the old
generation and the new is Richard Williams. During his more than forty years in the business, Williams has been
one of the true innovators, winning three Academy Awards and serving as the link between Disney's golden age of
animation by hand and the new computer animation exemplified by Toy Story.

Based on his sold-out master classes in the United States and across Europe, Williams provides the underlying
principles of animation that every animator -- from beginner to expert, classic animator to computer animation
whiz -- needs. Urging his readers to "invent but be believable," he illustrates his points with hundreds of
drawings, distilling the secrets of the masters into a working system in order to create a book that will become
the standard work on all forms of animation for professionals, students, and fans.

"Williams is miles ahead of anyone in the world of animation."
--New York Times


On this day:

In 1932, Disney released the Silly Symphony "Flowers & Trees", the first animated cartoon in Technicolor.