The Animator's Survival Kit

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The Animator's Survival Kit
Original edition cover
AuthorRichard Williams
Cover artistRichard Williams
CountryUnited States
GenreAnimation, Instruction
Published2001 (Faber and Faber)

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 an instructional book by Academy Award-winning animator and director Richard Williams. The book includes techniques, advice, tips, tricks, and general information on the history of animation.[1][2]


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.[3] 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.[4]


The book met with universal acclaim. Chris Wedge, the director of Epic and the Oscar-nominated 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."[5] It was also turned into an iPad app in 2013.[6][7]

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  1. ^ Williams, Richard (2012-09-25). The Animator's Survival Kit: A Manual of Methods, Principles and Formulas for Classical, Computer, Games, Stop Motion and Internet Animators. Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-86547-897-8.
  2. ^ "The animator's survival kit |". Retrieved 2023-01-30.
  3. ^ "The Animator's Survival Kit - Animated". Foyles. Retrieved October 17, 2009.
  4. ^ "Book Review: Expanding 'The Animator's Survival Kit'". Animation World Network. Retrieved 2023-01-30.
  5. ^ "The Animator's Survival Kit Animated - Reviews". Retrieved 2023-01-30.
  6. ^ Bullwinkel, Celia (2013-07-18). ""The Animator's Survival Kit" iPad App: An Animation Teacher's Review". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved 2023-01-30.
  7. ^ Bishop, Floyd (2013-04-18). "FIRST LOOK: The Animator's Survival Kit app by Richard Williams". IndieWire. Retrieved 2023-01-30.

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