Acting for Animation

Hooks uses classical acting theory – from Aristotle to Stanislavsky and beyond – to explain everything from character analysis and physical movement to facial expression and scene structure. He speaks directly to animators, instead of stage or screen actors. Acting for Animators is an invaluable primer for beginner animators and a useful reference for experienced pros.

The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation

The most complete book on the subject ever written, this is the fascinating inside story by two long-term Disney animators of the gradual perfecting of a relatively young and particularly American art from, which no other move studio has ever been able to equal. The authors, Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, worked with Walt Disney himself as well as other leading figures in a half-century of Disney films.

The Animator's Survival Kit

A Manual of Methods, Principles, & Formulas for Classical, Computer, Games, Stop Motion, & Internet Animators.

This is the one book every animator should have on their desk - whether they work in film, computer graphics or video game animation.