The Animator's Survival Kit

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The Animator's Survival Kit
Original edition cover
Author Richard Williams
Cover artist Richard Williams
Country United States
Language English
Genre Animation, Instruction
Published 2001 (Faber and Faber)
Pages 379

The Animator's Survival Kit: A Manual of Methods, Principles, and Formulas for Classical, Computer, Games, Stop Motion, and Internet Animators (ISBN 0-5712-0228-4) is a book by award-winning animator and director Richard Williams, about various aspects of animation.[1] The book includes techniques, advice, tips, tricks, and general information on the history of animation.

As the title implies, the book is helpful for several fields of animation, not just traditional animation. It has been praised by many[who?] as being one of the best books (if not, the best) on animation available.[1]


Animation examples from the book combined with footage from Richard Williams' masterclasses have been put into a 16-volume DVD box set titled The Animator's Survival Kit – Animated.[2] The logo from the book cover was completely animated in the traditional style, taking Williams and his animators 9 months to complete. Williams also included some early drafts of his own work from previous projects.[citation needed]


The book met with universal acclaim. Chris Wedge, the director of Epic and Ice Age, wrote about the book: "What I came out with was a complete re-structuring of animation, how I saw animation, how I analysed motion. People the first night sat down at their work stations and were running some of Richard's examples ... and at lunchtime you could see the influence. It was a revelation."[3] The book has become incredibly popular in the animation industry and is commonly used by animation students worldwide.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ a b Nass, Paul. "Review of The Animator's Survival Kit". Retrieved 2008-04-20. 
  2. ^ "The Animator's Survival Kit - Animated". Foyles. Retrieved October 17, 2009. 
  3. ^ [1]

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