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American Goulash

Booktrope, 2014

A Coming-of-Age Memoir... American Goulash is a story about a nerd girl jousting with her Transylvanian family on the battlefields of suburban New Jersey for a chance to grow up authentically awkward and live a so-called normal American life. Whether casting off old-world wives’ tales or turning to art to cope with her immigrant family’s general zaniness, Stephanie valiantly finds her own way through adolescence in this heartwarming, ...


The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation
Ollie Johnston, Frank Thomas

Disney Editions, 1995

An out-of-print collector's item since 1986, the definitive account of the development of Disney animation explains what made Disney's style unique and features original sketches and drawings revealing the origins of Mickey and the rest. National ad/promo.


Special Effects: The History and Technique
Richard Rickitt

Billboard Books, 2000

Spanning the rich history of movie magic, from George Mlis's A Trip to the Moon to George Lucas's Star Wars: Episode I-The Phantom Menace, and the Wachowski Brothers' The Matrix, this completely up-to-date guide to visual trickery is unparalleled in scope, presenting a clearly written, lushly illustrated chronicle of special effects development over ten decades of filmmaking. Starting with the earliest use of smoke and mirrors in silent films, ...


How to Cheat in Maya: Tools and Techniques for the Maya Animator

Focal Press, 2013

"How to Cheat in Maya" focuses on the art of animation and how it is done in Maya. The book presents productivity tips and tools so that animators can get things done in the most efficient way possible - and obtain quality results with a minimum effort. The other anchor for the book will is that it discusses universal techniques within the art of animation - but for Maya. Readers will learn which circumstances call for which techniques, and ...


Me, Myself, and Bob: A True Story About Dreams, God, and Talking Vegetables
Phil Vischer

Thomas Nelson, 2008

This is a story of dreaming big and working hard, of spectacular success and breathtaking failure, of shouted questions, and, at long last, whispered answers. With trademark wit and heart, Phil Vischer shares how God can use the death of a dream to point us toward true success. Larry. Bob. Archibald. These VeggieTales stars are the most famous vegetables you'll ever eat. Oops, meet. Their antics are known around the world. But so much of the ...


Prepare to Board! Creating Story and Characters for Animated Features and Shorts
Nancy Beiman

Focal Press, 2007

Packed with illustrations that illuminate and a text that entertains and informs, this book explains the methods and techniques of animation preproduction with a focus on story development and character design. Story is the most important part of an animated film-and this book delivers clear direction on how animators can create characters and stories that have originality and appeal. Learn how the animation storyboard differs from live action ...


How to Be Like Walt: Capturing the Disney Magic Every Day of Your Life

HCI, 2010

An inspiring biography of one of the most influential and beloved figures of the 21st century, based on more than a thousand interviews. "I've read every book that has ever been written about Walt Disney, going back to some that were published in the 1930s. [How to Be Like Walt] is by far the most enjoyable to read of them all!" Tim O'Day, Disney Scholar "How to Be Like Walt is a fitting tribute to Walt's memory and an important ...


Chuck Amuck: The Life and Times of an Animated Cartoonist
Chuck Jones

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999

The illustrated classic, complete with a new preface by Matt Groening. Winner of three Academy Awards and numerous other prizes for his animated films, Chuck Jones is the director of scores of famous Warner Bros. cartoons and the creator of such memorable characters as the Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, Pepé Le Pew, and Marvin Martian. In this beguiling memoir, Chuck Jones evokes the golden years of life at "Termite Terrace," the Warner Bros. ...


Animator s survival kit

Unknown, 1991


Me, Myself, and Bob: A True Story About God, Dreams, and Talking Vegetables
Phil Vischer

Thomas Nelson, 2007

Larry. Bob. Archibald. These Veggie Tales stars are the most famous vegetables you'll ever eat. Oops, meet. Their antics are known around the world. But so much of the Veggie Tale story hasn't been told. In Me, Myself, and Bob , Phil Vischer, founder of Big Idea and creator of Veggie Tales, gives a behind-the-scenes look at his not-so-funny journey with the loveable veggies. From famed creator to bankrupt dreamer, Vischer shares his story of ...


Ray Harryhausen: An Animated Life
Ray Harryhausen, Tony Dalton

Billboard Books, 2004

Ray Harryhausen is arguably the greatest stop-motion animator in the history of motion pictures, blazing new trails in special effects from the 1950s to the 1980s creating realistic dinosaurs, fantastic aliens, and imaginative mythological creatures. In the animator's own words, accompanied by hundreds of previously unpublished photographs, sketches, and storyboards from his personal archive, this book details Harryhausen's entire film career, ...


Industrial Light & Magic: Into the Digital Realm
Mark Cotta Vaz

Del Rey, 1996

Includes a foreword by Steven Spielberg! The supernatural wonders of Ghostbusters.  The lively three-dimensional toons from Who Framed Roger Rabbit?  The unstoppable liquid-metal T-1000 cyborg of Terminator 2.  The incredibly life-like digital dinosaurs of Jurassic Park.  The thunderous African stampede in Jumanji. These award-winning special effects have one thing in common: Industrial Light & Magic (ILM). For more than twenty years, ...


Tinker Bell: An Evolution (Disney Editions Deluxe (Film))
Mindy Johnson

Disney Editions, 2013

How did Tinker Bell get her name? In J. M. Barrie's original version of the play "Peter Pan,"the little sprite's name was Tippytoe, and she had speaking lines. But over time, Barrie decided that the fairy's expressions would be best voiced by musical chimes. During the early 1900s, vagabonds known as tinkers traveled from town to town, performing jack-of-all-trade repair services. Their arrival was hailed by the jingling of bells fashioned from ...


The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy, Book 3: The Great Powers Outage
William Boniface

HarperCollins, 2010

Something strange is happening in superopolis! The entire population has turned its back on its favorite potato chips of all time—just because someone named Comrade Crunch told them to. How is he getting the supercitizensto follow his every command? To make matters worse, the superheroes of Superopolis are losing their superpowers. Without their special gifts, they're just . . . ordinary! Something must be done, and in a city where everyone ...


A Pretty Mouth

Lazy Fascist Press, 2012

Re-Animator meets The Secret History in this Tale of Sex and Science Henry Milliner thinks his days of being the school pariah are over forever when he attracts the attention of Wadham College's coolest Fellow Commoner, St John Clement, the Lord Calipash. St John is everything Henry isn't: Brilliant, graceful, rich, universally respected. And as if that wasn't enough, St John is also the leader of the Blithe Company, the clique of Natural ...


The Lost Notebook: Herman Schultheis & the Secrets of Walt Disney's Movie Magic
John Canemaker

Weldon Owen, 2014

Discover the secrets behind Fantasia, Pinocchio, Dumbo, and Bambi —all through the lens of early animation's most enigmatic and fascinating character, Herman Schultheis. A technician at the Disney Studio in the late 1930s, Schultheis kept a covert scrapbook of special effects wizardry, capturing in photographs and text the dazzling, behind-the-scenes ingenuity of early Disney films. Later, when he mysteriously disappeared into a ...


Becoming Latina in 10 Easy Steps
Lara Rios

Berkley Trade, 2006

With no marriage prospects and a high-powered career, Marcela Alvarez is already a spinster in the eyes of her traditional family. But when she finds out her deadbeat dad wasn't Latino, her problems only worsen. It's time for her to change some things and prove she still has Chicana roots with a fool-proof ten-step plan, including: - Dating Mexican men. Her work crush, George Ramirez, almost fills the bill-except that he can't speak ...


"I Say, I Say... Son!": A Tribute to Legendary Animators Bob, Chuck, and Tom McKimson

Santa Monica Press, 2012

“I Say, I Say . . . Son!” offers a rare behind-the-scenes look at the work of the McKimson brothers, three of the most accomplished and influential animators in history. Tracing the brothers’ careers from the 1920s onward, this beautifully illustrated book details how Bob McKimson created such beloved characters as Foghorn Leghorn, the Tasmanian Devil, Sylvester Jr., and the original Speedy Gonzales, and explores Chuck and Tom ...


The Disney Treasures
Robert Tieman

Disney Editions, 2003

Selected from the vast archives of the Walt Disney Company, this historic collection includes handwritten letters and notes of Walt's, rare character sketches from the 1930's and 1940's, replicas of Disneyland's opening-day tickets, photos, movie theater programs, comic strips, greeting cards, commissary menus, and other treasures, reproduced in facsimile form. Many of these special features are designed to be removable so readers can touch and ...


Walt Disney's Railroad Story: The Small-Scale Fascination That Led to a Full-Scale Kingdom
Michael Broggie

Pentrex, 1997

Thousands of books and articles have been written about Walt Disney and his organization, yet few people realize the significance railroading played in the evolution of the Disney empire. Encouraged by Walt's family and railfans inside and outside the Disney organization, Michael Broggie has chronicled the tale of Walt Disney's personal involvement in railroading. This book unveils the private realm of Disney railroading through hundreds of ...



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