12 Principles of Animation: A Comprehensive BreakdownShawn 07.29.2014
Disney’s “Nine Old Men” revolutionized the industry in the 1930’s with their 12 Principles of animation. And even with amazing advances in CGI, rendering, and a host of animation software, the fundamentals of quality animation haven’t changed one iota.
Which is kind of great.
(Les Clark, Marc Davis, Ollie Johnston, Milt Kahl, Ward Kimball, Eric Larson, John Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman, Frank Thomas)
These Disney animators are directly responsible for: Snow White, Dumbo, Bambi, The Jungle Book, Pinocchio, The Rescuers, Cinderella, and so many more. They wrote the book on animation – literally.
Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston’s 1981 book The Illusion of Life lays out the 12 principles of animation that you pretty much have to follow. You have no choice. That’s how good this book is. So let’s get to it.
I’ve covered each of the 12 Principles of Animation in their own post, but this article will serve as an index for anyone looking for a comprehensive overview of all 12 principles of animation.
So click the links below, and get started mastering the basics of animation. Or you could just read Richard William’s seminal work, The Animator’s Survival Kit. Yeah. Do that instead. It’s awesome.
The 12 Principles of Animation
4) Straight Ahead Action and Pose-to-Pose (coming soon)
11) Solid Drawing (coming soon)
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