Skip to main content
Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
The Animator's Survival Kit

The Animator's Survival Kit

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

Richard Williams

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

BUY THE BOOK

Trade Paperback

The definitive book on animation, from the Academy Award-winning animator behind Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

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 fifty 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.

Perhaps even more important, though, has been his dedication in passing along his knowledge to a new generation of animators so that they in turn could push the medium in new directions. In this book, 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.

Praise for The Animator's Survival Kit

“Williams is miles ahead of anyone in the world of animation.” —The New York Times -

Reviews from Goodreads

Richard Williams

Richard Williams (1933-2019) is best known as the Director of Animation and designer of the new characters for Who Framed Roger Rabbit, for which he won two Academy Awards including a Special Achievement Award. Canadian-born Williams has won three U.S. Academy Awards, three British Academy Awards, and an Emmy, among 246 international awards. In 1990 he was voted by his peers as "The Animator's Animator," and in 1995 he started giving the Richard Williams Animation Masterclasses for professionals and students worldwide. He lived with his family in Wales, and continued working in animation until his 80s.

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Latest on Facebook

LATEST ON TWITTER