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Animating the Looney Tunes Way [Paperback]

Tony Cervone
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Book Description

Jan. 1 2000 Looney Tunes Animating & Drawing Books
With Tony Cervone, Director, Warner Bros. Animation

Finally, here is the book everyone has been waiting for--a complete guide to animating in the style of the great Warner Bros. cartoonists. This isn’t just a coffee-table showpiece--it’s an honest-to-goodness how-to-draw book by Space Jam co-director of animation Tony Cervone. Inside you’ll learn all about the entire process of animation and discover all the tricks of the trade for brining those lovable, wacky, Looney Tunes jokers to life!

o Features everyone’s favorite characters: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester and Tweety, Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner, the Tasmanian Devil, and more

o Focuses on the finest techniques of classic animation: stretch and squash, anticipation and the "take," keys and in-betweens, and pose-to-pose as well as straight-ahead animation

o Jam-packed with character art, animator’s notes, and tips for drawing heads, hands, and expressions



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1.0 out of 5 stars lots of drawings, but little info March 14 2002
Format:Paperback
This booklet has a lot of Warner Brothers drawings, but it doesn't delve into the specifics of creating animation very well. I'd recommend getting The Animator's Survival Kit instead as it has tons of good and well explained info on the art of creating your own animation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great artist tips March 11 2002
Format:Paperback
If you want to learn to draw the great Warner Brothers characters, this is the book. It is a long book with tons of tips and details, not just someone elses drawings to copy. Shows you haw to create movement and many other animators tips for the aspiring young animator. Both my son and I love taking turns with this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great book Jan. 30 2002
Format:Paperback
I am a high school art teacher and teach four periods of animation each day. This book is very good, however, both of the copies I got began to fall apart after one day of being out in the classroom. If it was available in hard cover I would buy a classroom set.
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Format:Paperback
Without a question, this book is worth the money of any animation student or collector seeking to get the most bang for their buck.
What amazed me is that it covers much of the same material as the classic Disney's The Illusion of Life by Thomas and Johnston but with more important material covered and at a quarter of the price! (Sad to say, but The Illusion of Life 1995 edition IS out of print, folks... Even if it were still available, I'd recommend this book over it.)
There is a clarity to this book that is missing in MOST animation instruction books and Cervone does an excellent job covering the basics without getting sidetracked by anectdotes (a big pet peeve of mine about The Illusion of Life).
Not bad for a book that's 96 pages long ... (It's an ultralarge almost poster-sized book, but it's PACKED with information.) I'd recommend this book heartily to anyone seeking an animation book that covers a lot of the basics that seemed to be glossed over or missing from other books.
P.S. -- It's best to have this book and The Illusion of Life, but if money IS an object for you (like it is with most of us), then definitely get this book...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great artist tips March 11 2002
By microjoe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you want to learn to draw the great Warner Brothers characters, this is the book. It is a long book with tons of tips and details, not just someone elses drawings to copy. Shows you haw to create movement and many other animators tips for the aspiring young animator. Both my son and I love taking turns with this book. This is one of the nicest quality books of all the Walter Foster books, it has tons of stuff from Warner Brothers including rare background art. The book is bigger, longer than the others. Also it has higher quality paper and binding than the other titles in the series. Has sections on adding color, mood and affect in backgrounds, and a lot of animator info such as walk cycle, running cycle, storyboards, voice recording, color palletes for each character, model sheets, shortcuts and more. So it is much more a How to Animate book, that the How to Draw books I usually get from this company. The book is getting rare sine it has been out of print for 10 years.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A really great book for kids who wants to start drawing and animate March 17 2006
By Gustavo Forster - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is really awesome. It has a super-light text and very beautiful drawings and sketches. I just love Looney Tunes since I was a kid.

But be warned: this book is not another Animator's Survival Kit. It is, really, for kids. The coolest thing in the book are the characters charts. Tons of info on how to draw your favorite Looney Tunes characters!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Beginner Guide Jan. 18 2006
By Joshua Bowman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is a great resource for learning how to construct not only the Looney Tunes characters but also characters in general, just from simple shapes like circles.

To it's credit the book covers a lot of characters, but skims over everything but the top 3 or 4, even the coyote and roadrunner get a one page model sheet each. The model sheets are great as they show what makes the character unique, but they fail to show the steps in constructing the characters (it'll have a base shape and then the character beside it).

Even though the books skims on these things it's still definitely worth getting, I continually go back and re-read and construct characters from it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is animation! April 27 2007
By DrSpecter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
My main complaint about most books on animation is that they don't really show you the crude nature of the drawings you actually animate with. The Preston Blair book, in most respects my favorite, starts with very worked out structural drawings. But for most of its life, right up until just before clean-up, an animated character is a stick figure based on the line of action with a few swirls to indicate the volumes of head, ribs, etc. This book covers all of those stages very well. And the senior animators at Disney start out and largely animate with very primitive forms and get those moving right before they worry about structure. Anyway, this book is 100% essential information, IMO. And I'm 39!
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5.0 out of 5 stars You want to make cartoons? Nov. 3 2006
By Robert Zraick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Anyone who is a fan of animation knows the Looney Tunes. The Warner Bros. animation department developed and created so many memorable characters and cartoons, which have inspired many in the entertainment business.

This book covers many things in a light hearted and enjoyable way and is well worth having in your personal library. The art of hand drawn cel animation is a dying art, in today's production world of computer animation. But the principles of cel animation are important for any animation artist.

While there are many books which focus on the technical aspects of animation, there are very few which focus on the principles which make it an art. If your want to learn and understand what can make animation great, then you will find some valuable things in this book.
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