Truly Moving Art: International Animation Day

Fantastic Mr. Fox stands in front of Badger, who is sitting behind his desk.
Source: Jason Eppink (cropped and resized)

International Animation Day: October 28

International Animation Day is October 28. It was founded by the International Animated Film Association in 2002, and the date was chosen to commemorate the first public screening of animated films (Émile Reynaud's Pantomimes Lumineuses, in Paris in 1892).

I have always admired the patience and skill that goes into making animation. I believe it's seriously underappreciated as a serious art form.

Animation Artbooks

There are some gems of artbooks in the library catalog that prove my point. To scratch the surface, check out these items.

Book Cover: The Art of Howl's Moving Castle

The Art of Howl's Moving Castle: [a film by Hayo Miyazaki]

A collection of sketches, concept art, character designs and more by one of the greatest living animation masters.

Book Cover: The Art and Flair of Mary Blair

The Art and Flair of Mary Blair [an appreciation]

Mary Blair's concept art is immortalized in such Disney classics as Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and Cinderella. Her character and color designs are also found in amusement park attraction such as Disneyland's "It's a Small World" ride.

Book Cover: The Art of the Iron Giant

The Art of the Iron Giant

You'll often find this 1999 classic on people's lists of favorite animated films of all time (including mine). It was the first animated feature helmed by animator Brad Bird, who has gone on to direct such acclaimed Pixar films as The Incredibles and Rataouille.

The Art of DreamWorks

The Art of DreamWorks Animation: Celebrating 20 Years of Art

From 1994 to 2014, DreamWorks has produced some very fine animation such as The Prince of Egypt, Chicken Run, How to Train Your Dragon, and Kung Fu Panda.

Book Cover: The Making of Fantastic Mr. Fox

The Making of Fantastic Mr. Fox: An American Empirical picture by Wes Anderson

Based on Roald Dahl's book, this was director Wes Anderson's first animated film. This is a visual treat and a fascinating look into what goes into making stop-motion animation.

Create Your Own Animations

If you are interested in trying your hand at animation, explore the 127 courses on animation that are available with your library card on Lynda.com. The Introduction to monsters and aliens course looks fun to me! However, there is an entire learning path available called Master 2D Animation.

For free access, you MUST use the San José Public Library link to log in with your library card: lynda.com/portal/patron?org=sjlibrary.org.

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