Useful Resources
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Traditional Animation Books:
  • The Animator Survival Kit, Williams, Richard and Sutton, Imogen
  • Cartoon Animation (The Collector's Series) by Preston Blair
  • The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation by Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas
  • Understanding Animation by Paul Wells
  • Cracking Animation by Peter Lord and Brian Sibley
  • Dream Worlds: Production Design for Animation by Hans Bacher
  • Art in Motion: Animation Aesthetics by Maureen Furniss
  • Secrets of Oscar-winning Animation: Behind the scenes of 13 classic short animations by Olivier Cotte
  • Animation Now! (Taschen 25th Anniversary) by Julius Wiedemann
Animation Principles:
  • Timing for Animation by Harold Whitaker and John Halas
  • Acting in Animation: A Look at 12 Films by Ed Hooks
  • Acting for Animators, Revised Edition: A Complete Guide to Performance Animation by Ed Hooks
  • Fundamentals of Animation by Paul Wells
  • Force: Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators, Second Edition by Mike Mattesi
Storytelling/Script Writing:
  • Animation: From Script to Screen by Shamus Culhane
  • The Human Figure in Motion by Eadweard Muybridge
  • Animals in Motion by Eadweard Muybridge
  • How to Write for Animation by Jeffrey Scott
  • Storytelling through Animation (Graphics) by Mike Wellins
  • Basics Animation: Scriptwriting (Basics Animation) by Paul Wells
  • Storytelling through Animation (Graphics) by Mike Wellins
  • Animation Writing and Development, : From Script Development to Pitch by Jean Ann Wright
  • Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
  • Don Bluth's Art Of Storyboard by Don Bluth and Gary Goldman
  • Prepare to Board! Creating Story and Characters for Animation Features and Shorts by Nancy Beiman
  • Storyboards: Motion in Art, Second Edition by Mark Simon
  • Storyboarding 101: A Crash Course in Professional Storyboarding by James Fraioli
  • Exploring Storyboarding by Wendy Tumminello
  • The Art of the Storyboard: Storyboarding for Film, TV, and Animation by John Hart
  • Prepare to Board! Creating Story and Characters for Animation Features and Shorts by Nancy Beiman

Links to Useful Web Resources
Animation Principles:
Animation Arena
Frank and Ollie's Animation Tips
Principles of Animation
Animation Meat - Nine Old Men
Animation Related Websites:

National Film Board of Canada Animations
IotaCenter Abstract Animation and Music
Animation World Network

Metamorphosis Animations
Animation Exercise Examples

Exaggeration and Cartoon Physics

Conveying a Sense of Weight

Walking and Walk Sequences

Animation History Links
Academy Award Winning Animation
Animation Research Center
Animation World Network
Acne Filmworks
ASIFA Animation Profiles
Association Internationale du Film d'Animation (ASIFA)
The Big Cartoon Database
J. Stuart Blackton
British Film Institute
The Brothers Quay
Buy Indies
Canadians in the Movies
Canyon Cinema
CGI Historical Timeline
Disney's Animated Classics
Paul Driessen
Wired Animation Express
Experimental Animation Films
Facets Multimedia Animations
Frank Film
German Film Archive
Stephan Gruber
Harvard Film Archive
Internet Movie Database
Len Lye
Looney Toons
Magic Machines
The Man Who Planted Trees
National Film Board of Canada
Norman McLaren Films
Oskar Fischinger's Visual Music
Joanna Priestly
Spicy Cricket Animation
Toon Zone
Online Animations

Great Animations

  • Father and Daughter - Michaël Dudok De Wit
  • The Mighty River - Frédréck Back
  • Britannia - Joanna Quinn
  • Potato Hunter - Timothy Hittle
  • The Creation - Joan Gratz
  • The Chub Chubs - Sony Imageworks
  • The Man Who Planted Trees - Frédréck Back
  • The Street - Caroline Leaf
  • Hillary (a British stop-motion short)
  • Lineage - George Griffin
  • Moon Breath Beat - Lisze Bechtold
  • Neighbors - Norman McLaren
  • Sleeping Betty - Sleeping Betty
  • Madame Tutli Putli - Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski
  • Stephanie Maxwell - Runa's Spell
  • Furies - Sarah Petty
  • Balance - Wolfgang and Christoph Lauenstein
  • Rope Dance - Raimund Krumme
  • Frank Film - Frank Mouris
  • Jumping - Tezuka
  • Disconnected - Craig Welch
  • Street of Crocodiles - The Brothers Quay
  • Franz Kafka's A Country Doctor - Koji Yamamura
  • Disconnected - Craig Welch
  • How Wings are Attached to an Angel - Craig Welch
  • Welcome to Kentucky - Craig Welch

Free Audio

Sound Effects
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