Friday, December 30, 2011

7 MINUTES (1993, Norman Klein) *Incomplete

Klein, Norman, M., 7 Minutes The Life and Death of The American Animated Cartoon, London, New Left Books, 1993.

JPG / 15 MB / Eng / *Incomplete (I'm being honest here) / 1859841503 / 978-1859841501

I recomend you use the Gonvisor or similar to read this book.

A long Essay about the american seven-minute cartoon, starting with the coming of sound in 1928 till the death of the genre in the 60's.
Klein it's a confusing critic, very obscure at times... you may get lost with the terms and clasifications he uses. But if you read this book while you watch the cartoons he analyzes, it could be a fun experience. Some clever points combined with pure nuisance (sadly, this last is way more frequent).
Brilliant: Norman classifies the characters in cartoons in three essentials roles: The Over reactor (Yosemite Sam,Donald Duck); The nuissance (e.g.: Daffy, ); and The Controller (Bugs in Duck Amuck; sub role: The Censor: Grandma in Sylvester and Twetee; the Wizard in Fantasia or the black woman in Tom and Jerry); This roles will evolve and change throughout different periods but still stay recognizable.
I'll give a list of themes (because the chapter titles suck):
19th Century Illustration and The Vaudeville influence. A comic strip cartoon. The irreverence in earlier cartoons. Felix The Cat. The irruption of Disney's first sound shorts. Mickey Mouse The Fleischer Style: City, Machines and Madness. Betty Boop and Popeye. The Decline of New York. Merrie Melodies. The dramatic improvement of color. 1936, towards a movie-like "Full animation". Moral Melodrama: the cautionary cartoon. The Sadism period. The chase cartoon... and a little more

- The story development and the changes in Style through history.
- Koko the clown, Mickey Mouse, Bosko, Silly Symphonies, Looney Tunes, Superman, Mighty Mouse, Heckle and Jeckle, Woody Woodpecker,Tom and Jerry, Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Porky, Daffy, Wile E. Coyote and The Roadrunner, Mr Magoo, Droopy, Wolfie, Barney Bear, Chilly Willy... And fortunately, many many more.
- Winsor McCay, Otto Messmer, Ub Iwerks, Max Fleischer, Willard Bowsky, Seymour Kneitel, Dave Tendlar, Grim Natwick, Friz Freleng, Tex Avery, Chuck Jones, Bob Clampett, William Hanna, Joseph Barbera, Walter Lantz, Walt Disney, Bill Melendez, Fred Moore, Frank Thomas, Ward Kimball, Marc Davis.
- The notes are at the end of the book, that's a bit anoying.

(by pelida77)

As I've always said, this files are intended to be use as a preview (also a kind of a back up... in case your house... gets burned?); So STOP BITCHING about the missing pages; a 75 % of the book is complete: most of the missing pages are from the notes section
(and finally...books can be bought, you know?)

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Happy New Year!!!

Monday, October 10, 2011

THE ART OF HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON (2010, Tracey Miller Zarnecke))

Tracey Miller-Zarneke, The Art of How To Train Your Dragon, London, Titan Books, 2010.

PDF / 37.2 MB / Eng / 157 pages / 1557048630 / 978-1557048639

- With a preface by Cressida Cowell (who is she? ...??????) Well she is the author of the original novel series.
- Comments by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders (Directors)
- An inside into the production of this movie. Multiple quotes explaining the choices made by the creators.
- Each one of the characters are explain in detail.

"And with one twist, he took my hand and swallowed it whole.And I saw the look on his face...
I was delicious! He must have passed the word because it wasn't another month before another one of them took my leg!"

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Saturday, August 20, 2011


Laura Lovett and Patrick Barber, The Art of Monsters, Inc., Singapore, Disney Enterprices, 2001.

JPEG / 18 MB / Eng / 144 pages / 0811833887 / 978-0811833882

- A brief introduction and comments by John Lasseter (Producer, head of Pixar) and Pete Docter (Director)
- Concept Art By: Harley Jessup (Production Designer); Bob Peterson (storyboards); Geefwee Boedoe; Dominique Louis; J. Otto Siebold; Jill Culton; Lou Romano; Ralph Eggleston; Ricky Nierva; Dan Lee;Tia Kratter; Lou Romano; Bob Pauley; Nicolas Marlet; Oscar Grillo; Jeff Pidgeon.

Nice Pixar Movie. In the same line as A Bug's Life; that is: maybe not as revolutionary to the media as Toy Story and Nemo or Ratatouille, still, a very nice movie. Lovable characters, great lines, a beautifully designed world... you know 10 years from today we will still remember how much Pixar amazed us back in the day.

(by pelida77)

"There's nothing more toxic or deadly than a human child. A single touch could kill you. Leave a door open, and one can walk right into this factory; right into the monster world."

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Friday, August 19, 2011

THE ANIMATED RAGGEDY ANN & ANDY (1977, John Canemaker)

Canemaker, John. The animated raggedy Ann & Andy: An Intimate Look at the Art of Animation Its History, Techniques, and Artists[Uncorrected Proof], New York, [no ed] , 1977

PDF / 83.5 MB / Eng / 127 pages / 0672523299 / 978-0672523298

Richard Williams Raggedy Ann & Andy is one of the most beautiful animation feature-lenght ever made. Sadly, nowadays it's almost forgoten. Anyway, someone (TheThiefArchive) upload this movie to the tube, it's a very nice restoration, so if you didn't watch it, why don't you take a look at this...

This one was the first book by John Canemaker and one of the very first of animation criticism. That's why before examining RA&A, John explains all the production steps involved in a comercial animation. The story sketches; The storyboard; Design and Layout; Soundtrack Recordings; Key and Pose animation; Rough Animation and Cleaning; In between; Ink and Paint; photography; print.

Chapters on the life and career of:

- Johny Gruelle, the creator of the Raggedy Ann & Andy original book series.

- The canadian animator, director and genius behind this movie, Richard Williams. Multiple quotes from Dick, some of his letters during the production, and final comments about any aspect of the movie.

- Top class master animators and some young talents (young, back in the day):
Cornelius "Corny" Cole (really a Designer, Art); Arthur Babbitt (The Disney legend; here with 69 years old, Key: Camel with the Wrinkled Knees); Hall Ambro (Key: Babette, the french doll); John Kimball (the son of... yes, Key: Loony Knight; the weird camel mirage, The Spooky, Ha Ha Hall); Emery Hawkins (Warner Bros, MGM, Lantz, Disney... you name it, he's being everywhere, here, Key: The Greedy); Gerry Chiniqui (ex- Warner brothers animator, key: The dancing Twin Penny dolls, and King Koo Koo); Charles E. Downs (Key: The Captain and his parrot); Tissa David (once the assistant of Grim Natwick, and Key animator of Ann, and Andy);
Chrystall Russell (Key: Raggedy Ann); GRIM NATWICK (at the time of this movie 87 years old!!!!!, Key: The Loonies in King Koo Koo sequence); Spencer Peel (Key: Playroom dolls)

"When you're wrinkled and cold, and your Fortune has all been told, and you're nobody's 'I Love you' How can you be happy? How can you be smiling? How can you be anything but lowdown saggy and blue?"

What an amazing movie.

by pelida77

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

JOURNEY OF THE HEART (Hayao Miyazaki - Isao Takahata)

(Sekai Waga Kokoro no Tabi - Hayao Miyazaki)
(Sekai Waga Kokoro no Tabi - Isao Takahata)

Yes, I know, I know... This are not books, rather... some sort of weird japanese Documentaries.Yet, I think they adapt perfectly to the spirit of this blog (spirit? which means that this is my mf blog)

Miyazaki wanted to fly to the Sahara in an old plane (crazy old man). It's a very interesting documentary, because it doesn't try to teach you about Miya-san achievements, but rather to show you the man behind the artist. (Very touching at times.) You will be able to remember, and perhaps finally understand, the desert fortress by the sea in Future Boy Conan; and get to know how deep is Miya-san passion for old planes. And there is also something about Miyazaki's favorite writer, the french poet Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

I am a big fan of the animations made by Isao Takahata. He's a great director, so it's kind of unfair that he is known in the West mainly because of the talent of his friend. The program took Takahata-san (I certainly enjoy this Karate Kid talk) on a trip to Prince Edward Island, in Canada.
When Takahata-san was young, he went there on a research for his beautiful Anne of Green Gables (1979) series. We get in touch with the personality of this artist, his deep concern for enviromental issues, and the future of mankind.Also you'll get to know another great animator (in fact one of the greatest, I think) the canadian master Frédéric Back, the creator of "The man who planted trees" (among others).

(by pelida77)

Next week, back with the books.

Journey of the Heart. On the wings of Saint-Exupéry: From France to the Sahara.
Traveler: Hayao Miyazaki.
MKV / 753 MB / 0h 44m / Aud: Jap / Sub: Eng (Soft)
Video: AVC / 640x480 (4:3) / 2000 Kbps
Audio: AC-3 / 48.0 KHz / 384 Kbps.

Part 1
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Journey of the Heart. Conversations With The Man Who Planted Trees.
Traveler: Isao Takahata.
MKV / 753 MB / 0h 44m / Au: Jap / Sub: Eng (Soft)
Video: AVC / 712x480 (16:9) / 2000 Kbps
Audio: AC-3 / 48.0 KHz / 384 Kbps.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

DRAWING THE LINE (2006, Tom Sito)

Sito, Tom. Drawing the Line: The Untold Story of the Animation Unions from Bosko to Bart Simpson, Lexington, The University Press of Kentucky, 2006.

PDF / 7MB / Eng / 440 pages / 0813124077 / 978-0813124070

This one is a history of american animation unions. Tom Sito is said to be an important animator of the Disney "renaissance", and was once elected president of the Motion Picture Screen Cartoonist Union.

Something that we easily forget is that Animation is a colective art form, made by many, many individuals. And very often they are exploted by the bosses (I sound like a Red :P...)
I think that knowing about animation labor history helps you understand that. Like Tom says:
"Hollywood is a union town [...] Love them or hate them, for the last century the unions are the one undeniable fact of life in Hollywood animation. No one can hope to really understand the history of the American animated cartoon without knowing the union's story."

But, more than a boring list of union achievements this book is an intriguing history of american cartoon, right from it origins, to the latest CGI films.

If all this doesn't convince you, I would said that you should read this book just for the juicy anecdotes. e.g.: Dumbo was made during one of the fiercest animation strikes of american history, the 1941 Disney strike.
While more than half of the Disney workers were outside the studio raising strike signs, crossing the line, some of their colleagues depict them as clowns for posterity (in the scene where after their success the clowns plan to go see the boss and demand from him a raise; And you can imagine what was Walt answer when you realise that the other production made in 1941 was...
The reluctant Dragon.)

List of Chapters:

1. The World of animation studio: the cartoon assembly line / 2. Suits: producers as artist see them /3. Hollywood labor 1933-1941: The Birth of cartoonists unions / 4. The Fleischer strike: a union busted a studio destroyed 5. The great Disney studio strike 1941: The civil war of animation / 6. The war of Hollywood and the Blacklist 1945-1953 / 7. A bag of oranges: the Terrytoons strikes and the great withe father / 8. Lost Generations 1952-1988 / 9. Animation and the global market: the runaway wars 1979-1982 / 10. Camelot 1988-2001 /11. Animation... Isn't That All done on Computers Now: Where to now?

- Thousands of anecdotes and stories of the greatest artist of the age: Virgil Ross, Bill Tytla, Ub Iwerks, Tex Avery, Call Howard, Brenda Chapman-Lima, Bob Clampett, Grim Natwick, Don Bluth, Iwao Takamoto, Chuck Jones, Walter Lantz, Jay Ward, Winsor McCay, Fred Moore, Bill Hanna and Joseph Barbera, Pete Burness, John Lasseter, Frank Gonzalez, Gene Deitch, Ward Kimball, Bobe Cannon, and more...
- The working conditions during golden age of animation.
- The daily life of the Big Shots, a tale of Tiranny... (Well, you know what they say, only a whip could put up this tribe of grown up childrens to work): Walt Disney, Max Fleischer, Ted Turner, Leon Schlesinger, Amadee Van Beuren, Charles Mintz, Eddie Selzer, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Margaret Winkler Mintz, Paul Terry, Fred Quimby, Pat Sullivan, Ralph Bakshi, James L. Brooks, Lou Scheimer... and many more.
- The Dirty side of animation business.
- Top cartoonist that were also Union supporters like: Bill Tytla, Chuck Jones, Steve Bosustow, Maurice Noble,Bill Melendez, Arthur Babbitt (hail to you troublemakers).

The original cover sucked so much, that I decide to make one by myself... My very first book cover,Is not that bad, is it? ... Hell, I think this one could sell the book infinitely better.

(by pelida77)

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Bluths, Don. Don Bluth's The Art Of Soryboard, New York, Dark Horse, 2004.

PDF / 28 MB / Eng / 116 pages / 1595820078 / 978-1595820075

I'm not particularly fond on books trying to teach you how to draw. And the idea of this blog is not to bring you that sort of books. But i think this one is different: first, you got some amazing drawings by Goldman, Pomeroy and Don Bluth.

It uses cels, pics, backgrounds and storyboards from Don most famous movies; so it's almost like an artbook of his career. If you don't know him, Don Bluth is the director of: The Secret of NIMH (1982);An American Tail (1986); The Land Before Time (1988); All Dogs Go To Heaven (1989); Thumbelina (1994); Anastasia (1997); Bartok The Magnificent (1999); Titan A.E. (2000) among others. He also made the designs for the famous Graphic Adventure Dragon's Lair (1983).

John Pomeroy and Gary Goldman worked as animators in most of the 70's Disney productions, including: Robin Hood (1973); Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too (1974) and The Rescuers (1976). Gary was the Director of animation for the beautifull film The Small One (1978). Both were close colaborators in all Don Bluth's films.

Don explains his techniques using scenes and characters from his movies as examples;
So, though this book is intended for future artists and specialist, even a layman can enjoy it.

(by pelida77)

"Run! The plow is here! Run for your lives! Run! It's moving day!"

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011


Robinson, Chris. Animators Unearthed: A Guide to the Best of Contemporary Animation, New York, Continuum, 2010.

PDF /1.38 MB / Eng / 254 pages / 0826429564 / 978-0826429568

The phrase "independent animation" remit us to unknown movies, low budgets, snob fans but mainly to ignored artist.

That's why this book comes to serve as a look into the beautifull world of personal, outside the mainstream, animation. Introducing us and celebrating the art of extraordinary authors such as: Skip Battaglia; Aaron Augenblick; Chros Landreths; PES (Adam Pesapane); Patrick Smith's; Joanna Priestley; Barry Purves; Michaela Pavlátová's; Théodore Ushev; Bob Sabiston; Bruce Alcock; Konstantin Bronzit; Suzan Pitt; Don Hertzfeldt; Chris Shepherd; Mait Laas; John Canemaker (yes, he is also an animator) and Joanna Quinn.

(by pelida77)

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Thursday, June 30, 2011


Finch Christopher. The Art of The Lion King. New York, Hyperion, 1994.

JPEG / 110 MB / Eng / 192 pages / 0786860286 / 978-0786860289

The Last epic movie by the greatest animation studio of all times. (Well, at least the last one that really worths watching.)

- Concept art, colour pencil storyboards, and film stills.
- Character Designs and Background paintings.
- Sadly, no interviews or explanations of any kind. You only have some lines explaining the plot.

I don't know if an artbook needs any further explanation, so I would like to say a few words about a rumor that has spread through the web. It is said that with LK Disney committed plagiarism, copying scenes and characters from Tezuka's Jungle Taitei.

If you ever watched Jungle Taitei you know this is bullshit, because it suck sooo bad (yeah I'm making a really stupid argument... that's not even an argument!... who cares... let me tell you my golden rule: if you can do it better than the one you took it from, and you raise a piece of trash to the heights of art, that's not plagiarism that's merely... inspiration). So stop repeating this kind of things, you put yourself in evidence. I like Tezuka, but it's not fair to compare him with Disney.

(by pelida77)

Well then my little ones, remember, you must take your place in the Circle of Life...

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Friday, June 24, 2011


Cotta Vaz, Mark. The Art of Finding Nemo. San Francisco, Chronicle Books, 2003

PDF / 14.2 MB / Eng / 160 pages / 0811839753 / 978-0811839754

The thing I hate the most about CG animation is that behind the clean images you can sense the smell of money; They just make this stupid movies in order to take money from kid's parents. But fortunately thats not true with Pixar. The american studio took the legacy of traditional animation,adapted it, and brought into the 21st century the same old stories we all enjoy and love.

This book deals mainly with the concept art of Finding Nemo (2003)
- How they made the most famous scenes in the movie.
- The influences on the style: Bambi; Sleeping Beauty
- Hundreds of beautiful pictures (discussed and explained)... thousands, mua ha ha...

Some interviews with... and Multiple quotes of...:
- John Lasseter (Nemo film producer and founder of Pixar); Ralph Eggleston (producer, concept art); Graham Walters
- Andrew Stanton (Writer and director); Lee Unkrich (2nd Director... what is a 2nd director?)
- Robin Cooper; Randy Berret; Anthony Christov (Art)
- Dan Lee (Character Designer)
- Sharon Calahan (Director of photography)

(by pelida77)

And more... much more... but I have forgotten most of it... you know, I suffer from short-term memory loss. It runs in my family... At least I think it does... hm. Where "are" they?

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Saturday, June 18, 2011


Beck, Jerry. Looney Tunes: The Ultimate Visual Guide. New York, DK, 2003.

PDF / 22.5 MB / Eng /144 pages. / 0789497581 / 978-0789497581

- Ilustrated with more than 800 images. Animation sketches, artwork, Background art and cels.

- It chronicles multiple aspects of classic Warner Bros. animation (every character who appeared WB cartoon), from cartoons and their creators, to comic books, memorabilia, merchandising.

- A complete dissection of each character. It's creator, cartoon appearance's, personality traits, gags, quotes, etc.

It's a nice book... Quite informative about the history of animated cartoon (for a visual guide).

(by pelida77)

"Brilliance. That's all I can say, sheer unadulterated brilliance."

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011


Barrier, Michael. Animated Man: A life of Walt Disney, Los Angeles, University of California Press, 2007.

PDF / 3.66 MB / 411 pp. / Eng / 0520241177 / 978-0520241176

The ultimate biography on Walt Disney (though its author doesn't apreciate this title). Usually the bio's suck: the critics easily forgets that their primary goal is not to write a literary piece but to give well based information (and just secondarily, to make it interesting); well... it could be argue of course that someone's life - even the one of a genius - isn't really that important, and the only reason why you may want to read this actually is because it could be... fun.

Barrier has interviewed almost anyone who once knew Disney (begining in 1969), probably read every book and magazine on the subject, hear Walt himself telling his story (by tape recordings
of a planned, never published autobiography), and of course watched all animation (and live action) made by the studio during Disney's life (specially interesting - at least for me - is the analisys of the silent cartoons period); So... he seems to be very well documented. He is able to "read" in the small trivial affairs of a man's life and then drop into conclusions about how it builded his genius. Also he gave his biography a novel style, that doesn't suit a serious research (but, you know, who wants to be serious?).

So if you can forget this new Dickens voice, you're sure gonna enjoy this book. Because Walts life could be real, real fun:

- His Childhood as a farmboy in Marceline; and as a city lad in Kansas City.
- His entry into animation world. The work with Ub Iwerks.
- The close (sometimes conflictive) relationship with Roy, his brother.
- Oswald, the Lucky Rabbit. Mickey Mouse and the Sound Cartoon.
- The creation of the Silly Symphonies.
- Snow White. The arrival of the Disney feature films. The art of Walt Disney.
- The strike of 1941.
- Walt Disney World.
- The eternal freezer dreams (nah...sadly, that was a myth)
- A well done portray of a man, whith his lights and shadows.

(by pelida77)

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Saturday, June 11, 2011


"Film Comment Magazine: The Hollywood Cartoon" January-February 1975, Volume 11 Number 1.

PDF / 38 MB / 100 pages / Eng

- Published by the film society of lincoln center

An special number of the FC Magazine dedicated entirely on american animation. With articles written by renowned film critics: Leonard Maltin; John Canemaker and Jonathan Rosenbaum, among others.

- Articles on: Winsor McCay; The Warner Brothers animation studio; Chuck Jones; The Fleischer Brothers; Myron "Grim" Natwick, The Van Buren Studio (memories from Isadore Klein); Walt Disney; Frederick "Tex" Avery; etcetera.

- And of course, cartoon characters like: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky the pig, Roadrunner, Elmer Fudd, Gertie the Dinosaur, Little Nemo, Koko the clown, Betty Boop, Popeye, Gulliver, Superman, Snow White, Droopy, Chilly Willy, George and Junior, Tom and Jerry, Rocky and Bullwinkle, Yogi Bear and Boo Boo, etc etc etc (yes, yes, yesssss...)

This REALLY is a very cool magazine!!!

The images are a little bit damaged... who cares...

(by pelida77)

Oh, beautifull, beautifull Mag, I welcome you Into "my" world...

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Friday, June 10, 2011


Lenburg Jeff. The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons, New York, Facts On file, 2009.

PDF / 18 MB / Eng / 785 pp. / 0816066000 / 978-0816066001

- 700 pages with thousands of entries in alphabetical order, productions from all over the world (American,Russian, French, Britain, Japanese, etc.) of silent and sound cartoon series;black & white and color; full length theatrical releases and TV specials, stop motion, CGI and 3D animation.

- With proper identification of all creators (designers, voice actors, producers, directors, musicians, original work, etc.)

- From little-Known works to legendary classics.

- Beautifull screen captures and illustrations

- Lists of chapters for each of the series.

- A brief history of american animated cartoon.

(by pelida77)

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Monday, June 6, 2011


RICHMOND, Ray, The Simpsons: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family, London, Harper Collins, 1997.

PDF / 154 MB / Eng / 239 pp. /0060952520 / 978-0060952525

Un completo y divertido análisis de los episodios de la serie desde sus primeros cortos del '87 hasta 1997 incluído (año de edición del libro... igual importa poco: sin duda los mejores episodios son los de esos primeros diez años).

- Datos de episodios: Director, Guión, Voces (famosos invitados), productores, fecha de emisión (original)

- Sinopsis de episodio. Con capturas.

- Breve biografía de los personajes del episodio.

- Frases notables. Canciones y momentos memorables. Pequeños datos curiosos.

- Referencias hacia el mundo del cine.

The Simpsons Complete Guide to your Favourite Show is a celebration of this family's phenomenal decade. Arranged by season, the book covers each episode of the television show, with the special episodes (the annual Halloween show, "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" and "Krusty Gets Kancelled") receiving eyeball-busting two-page spreads. In addition, special sidebars are sprinkled throughout, showing:

Simpsons firsts. Bart's chalkboard lines. Top Homerisms. An Itchy & Scratchy filmography. A Springfield timeline. Things the audience may have missed.

Highlighting the best of every show, The Simpsons is the ultimate celebration of the cartoon family that has kept the world in stitches. It is the ultimate must-have for all Simpsons aficionados.

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Sunday, June 5, 2011


ORTVED, John, The Simpsons: An Uncensored Unauthorized History, New York, Faber & Faber, 2009.

PDF/ 1.1 MB / Eng / 352 pp. / 0865479887 / 978-0865479883

La historia de cómo se creó el show de animación más importante de los 90's (para algunos uno de los más importantes de la historia). Aproximación biográfica a Matt Groening.

Múltiples entrevistas a sus creadores, personajes del espectáculo (y del mundo de la comedia).

El PDF es espantoso, fue así como lo conseguí (pero se deja leer).

The Simpsons is one of the most successful shows to ever run on television. From its first moment on air, the series's rich characters, subversive themes, and layered humor resounded deeply with audiences both young and old who wanted more from their entertainment than what was being meted out at the time by the likes of Full House, Growing Pains, and Family Matters. Spawned as an animated short on The Tracy Ullman Show—mere filler on the way to commercial breaks—the series grew from a controversial cult favorite to a mainstream powerhouse, and after nineteen years the residents of Springfield no longer simply hold up a mirror to our way of life: they have ingrained themselves into it.

John Ortved's oral history will be the first-ever look behind the scenes at the creation and day-to-day running of The Simpsons, as told by many of the people who made it: among them writers, animators, producers, and network executives. It’s an intriguing yet hilarious tale, full of betrayal, ambition, and love. Like the family it depicts, the show's creative forces have been riven by dysfunction from the get-go—outsize egos clashing with studio executives and one another over credit for and control of a pop-culture institution. Contrary to popular belief, The Simpsons did not spring out of one man's brain, fully formed, like a hilarious Athena. Its inception was a process, with many parents, and this book tells the story.

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Friday, June 3, 2011


THOMAS, Frank y Ollie Johnston (editores), Walt Disney's Bambi The Sketchbook Series, Bedford (Massachusetts), Applewood Books, 1997.

PDF / 14.4 MB / Eng / 75 pp. / 1557093423 / 978-1557093424

- Los Diseños originales de la película Bambi, por sus artistas:
Eric Larson,Frank Thomas, Marc Davis, Milton Kahl,Maurice Noble, Ollie Johnston,Tyrus Wong.

- Imágenes restauradas digitalmente.

- Pequeños comentarios de los artistas.

The classic story of the gentle fawn and the seasonal joys and sorrows of life in the forest has warmed and inspired the hearts of all ages since the film was first released in 1942. Featuring the work of Disney animation greats, and in celebration of the 55th anniversary of this beloved film, this sketchbook is a fine tribute to one of the greatest animated films of all times.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011


KENNER, Hugh, Chuck Jones: A Flurry of Drawings Portraits of American Genius, Los Angeles, University of California Press, 1994.

PDF / 5 MB / Eng / 114 pp. / 0520087976 /978-0520087972

- Biografía de Chuck Jones (1912 - 2002). Desde sus comienzos en la animación como "cel-washer" (a los 19 años!!!), conociendo a leyendas de la industria como: Ub Iwerk, Grim Natwick, Fred "Tex" Avery, y por supuesto Michael Maltese,Bob Clampett,Ken Harris, Abe Levitow y más.

- Bugs, Daffy, Elmer, Pepé Le Pew, Roadrunner, Willy E. Coyote, The Grinch, Rikki Tikki Tavi.

- Ideas y definiciones sobre animación. Todo un cuadro de época sobre la animación en la primera mitad del siglo XX.

- Multiples citas del propio Chuck, que explican en qué consistía la animación en la Edad de oro.

- El proceso de creacion en el cartoon de la Warner.

- Ilustraciones hechas por Chuck.

- Por momentos el autor no es del todo serio en sus comentarios, y en sus múltiples intentos por hacerse el simpático... se pone en vergüenza (creo además que está un poco loco).

Kenner provides a brief, lively history of animation before focusing on the Warner Brothers animation studio, out of which came the wildest, most outrageous cartoons of the 1940s and 1950s. As Kenner notes, Warner was the only place in animation where the auteur theory applies, for each Warner cartoon director had his own take on the studio's characters. Chuck Jones was one of the directors responsible for the classics featuring the likes of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and the Road Runner, and his mastery of the Warner characters' personalities, along with his distinctive comic sensibilities (more droll than outlandish) and sense of visual design, made his cartoons standouts. In his somewhat rambling essay, Kenner makes perceptive observations on Jones' career and the artistry behind his six-minute gems.

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THE ILLUSION OF LIFE (Frank Thomas y Ollie Johnston)

THOMAS Frank y Ollie Johnston, Disney Animation: The Illusion of Life , New York, Disney Edition, 1981.

PDF or JPG images / 111 MB or 138 MB / Eng / 548 pp /0786860707 / 978-0786860708

Este es el mejor libro para poder apreciar el arte del estudio Disney y de la animación en general. La razón principal se encuentra en que sus autores no son críticos sino animadores de la vieja escuela. Nos ofrecen testimonio de un mundo que hoy ha dejado de existir, el de la Edad de Oro de la Animación (Verflossen ist das Gold der Tage). Disney representa el punto más alto que ha alcanzado este arte. Frente a las extraordinarias películas de los americanos las producciones del resto del mundo palidecen.

- Principios de la animación de Disney. Thomas y Johnston (los autores, y miembros del grupo de los 9) fueron los primeros en enunciar y explicar los principios aquí contenidos (muchos especialistas luego repetirán estos principios). Debido a esto The Illusion of Life se ha vuelto una obra canónica de la crítica de animación.

- Visión y Figura de Walt Disney. Un acercamiento distinto al genio estadounidense a través de los ojos de sus más íntimos colaboradores y amigos.

- Historia de la animación de Disney, desde los orígenes, atravesando distintas etapas de descubrimiento 1923-1936, pasando por la Edad de Oro de la animación (propiamente dicha): 1937- 1943; y el Período posterior a 1944, hasta finales de los 70's.

- Distintos aspectos en una obra de Arte de animación: Sonido, Diseño de Personajes, Planos, Background, Argumento, Color, etc. Con consejos, técnicas, secretos, etc., de los principales creativos de la historia de Disney.

- Tecnologías utilizadas. El libro explica las dificultades técnicas que debieron superar los animadores, y logra transmitir la excitación que provocaba cada uno de los descubrimientos.

- Cientos de Ilustraciones (a color), Background Art, Células, Storyboards, etc., de las distintas películas y cortos de Disney (con interesantes anécdotas acerca del proceso creativo en cada una de ellas).

En unas pocas palabras, es un libro absolutamente apasionante. (by pelida77)

Thomas and Johnston, two of Disney's original animators, here give the inside scoop on how the studio created the works that have charmed the world. "The text is ambitious. The authors simultaneously give a history of Disney animation and explain the processes involved in clear, nontechnical terms." Along with the splendid text are dozens of color and black-and-white photographs and illustrations. A "magnificent volume" that remains "essential for film collections and a feast for the most casual peruser."

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Monday, May 30, 2011


JPEG / 370 MB / Eng / 134 pp. /
1421530643 / 978-1421530642 (*Incomplete)

- Células, diseño de personajes, background etc. pero ¡Alas! lamentablemente sin comentarios.

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[S.A.], The Art of Howl moving Castle: A Film by Hayao Miyazaki, Viz Media
JPEG / 147 MB / Eng / 205 pp. / 1421500493 / 978-1421500492
- Dibujos iniciales de Miyazaki; Storyboards.
- Entrevistas a animadores, director de arte
- Arte Conceptual y Arte de Background (Yoji Takeshige, Noboru Yoshida), Diseño de Personajes (Akihiko Yamashita, Takeshi Inamura). Con comentarios de sus creadores
- Relato de historia de pre – producción.

A hardback, prestige format book with a generous collection of concept sketches, fully rendered character and background drawings, paintings and cell images. Along with the stunning visuals, the book also presents interviews and comments with the production staff, including key points from the director.

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[S.A.], The Art of Miyazaki's Spirited Away, Viz Media.
JPEG / 134 MB / Eng / 240 pp. /1569317771 / 978-1569317778
“Diría que esta película es la historia de una aventura, aún cuando no hay rastro de armas o batallas que involucren superpoderes [...] Es una historia en la que la heroína será arrojada a un lugar donde Bien y Mal conviven juntos, y allí, habrá de experimentar el mundo. Ella aprenderá acerca de la amistad y la fidelidad, y sobrevivirá haciendo uso de su razón [...] triunfa no porque destruya al “mal” sino porque ha adquirido la habilidad de sobrevivir.” (Hayao Miyazaki)
- Bellísima colección de backgrounds (comentadas por Yoji Takeshige), dibujos conceptuales, células.
- Los personajes diseñados por Masashi Ando (con comentarios de éste).
- La mezcla de estilos arquitectónicos utilizados para las distintas escenas.
- La política de Ghibli respecto a las nuevas tecnologías digitales, explicada por Mitsunori Kataama (supervisor de animación digital).

The Art of Spirited Away collects colour illustrations of Spirited Away for the first time in an English edition. This book includes paintings and designs from the Academy Award winning animated film directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Features commentary, colour stills, sketches, storyboards, and illustrations used to envision the rich fantasy world of the film. Also includes a complete English-language script.

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Sunday, May 29, 2011


[S.A.], The art of Porco Rosso: a film by Hayao Miyazaki, California, Viz Media, 2005.
JPEG / 144 MB / Eng / 145 pag / 1591167043 / 978-1591167044
- La historia en la que se basa Porco Rosso: The age of the Flying boat (manga de Miyazaki)
- La idea original: una película sobre aviones para emitirla durante un vuelo comercial.
- Storyboards y guión traducido al inglés.
- Análisis de cada uno de los personajes del film.
- Diseño de los aviones.
- Background Art.
- Ilustraciones para el final del film.
- Afiches y posters promocionales.

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[S.A.], The Art of Kiki’s Delivery Service: A film by Hayao Miyazaki, California, Viz Media, 2006.
JPEG / 274 MB / Eng / 547 pag / 1421505932 / 978-1421505930
“Kiki representa a toda jovencita que es atraída por el glamour de la gran ciudad pero que luego se encuentra luchando contra su recientemente adquirida independencia [...]
Para muchas mujeres la lucha para alcanzar su independencia es demasiado demandante. Sienten que están nadando contra la corriente. Queríamos explorar este tema de la independencia en el film [...]” (Hayao Miyazaki)
- Todo lo relativo al origen del proyecto y a su producción.
- La adaptación hecha a partir de la novela de Eiko Kadono.
- Los escenarios reales de Visby, ciudad en la isla de Gotland (Suecia) en los que se basa la película.
- Todos los storyboards diseñados por Miyazaki ( pero... ahhh... en japonés, ese idioma incomprensible...).
- Afiches y posters promocionales, logos, células sin procesar, dibujos conceptuales (por Katsyuya Kondo, Shinji Otsuka y Yoshifumi Kondo) Arte Conceptual (Hiroshi Ondo), diseño de personajes (Katsuya Kondo); con comentarios hechos en base a entrevistas con cada uno de los artistas.
- Las novedades en cuanto a la técnica de planos y trabajo de cámaras (fotografía de células)
- El supervisor de color Michiyo Yasuda explica la técnica utilizada en el film para la selección de colores, y la compara con otras piezas de Ghibli.

A 13-year old girl sets off on a journey to become a witch. In the process, she learns how to be a woman. Based on the movie of the same name, this prestige format, lavishly illustrated hard-bound book gives fans a rare glimpse into the creative process of Academy Award-winning director Hayo Miyazaki.

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Saturday, May 28, 2011


[S.A.], The Art of My Neighbor Totoro: A Film by Hayao Miyazaki, California, Viz Media, 2005.
JPEG / 134 MB / Eng / 175 pag / 1591166985 / 978-1591166986
"Quise que Tonari No Totoro fuera una película cálida que no sólo lograra entretener y conmover a sus espectadores, sino también permanecer junto a ellos mucho tiempo después de dejar los teatros. Quise que el alma de esta película fortaleciera los lazos entre aquellos que se aman; que inspirara fuertemente a los padres a recordar su niñez, y animara a los niños a corretear por los templos o a subir a los árboles."
(Hayao Miyazaki)
El libro contiene ejemplos de:
- Los dibujos y conceptos originales de 1976, por Miyazaki.
- Storyboards de las más importantes escenas.
- Células e imágenes tomadas del Film.
- Arte (Background), los diseños originales a cargo de Kazuo Oga.
- Citas de Miyazaki y de Kazuo Oga tomadas de distintas entrevistas explicando personajes, historia, diseños, escenas, dificultades y toda clase de datos curiosos.
- Comentarios del asistente de Director Tetsuya Endo, con respecto a las novedosas técnicas utilizadas en la animación del film.
Artículo del crítico de cine Mazaaki Nomura, publicado originalmente en el número de Diciembre de 1987 de Animage Magazine, que venía a informar acerca de las más recientes películas del estudio Ghibli (Mi vecino Totoro y La Tumba de las Luciernagas). Con entrevistas al Director, Productor, Diseñador, Animadores, Sonidista, Director de Música, Actores de voz. (by pelida77)

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