Down the Tubes: Disney – The Magic of Animation

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Referred to as the “Bible of animation”, the Illusion of Life: Disney Animation is a book identifying and breaking down the twelve basic principles of animation introduced by the Disney animators Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas in their quest to produce more realistic animations. The twelve principles are: Squash and stretch, anticipation, staging, straight ahead action and pose to pose action, follow through and overlapping action, slow in and slow out, arc, secondary action, timing, exaggeration, solid drawing and appeal.

In Kaptain Kristian‘s video Disney—The Magic of Animation, he breaks down the twelve principals and explains why they’re so crucial to the success of good animation.


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