Truly Moving Art: International Animation Day
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.
There are some gems of artbooks in the library catalog that prove my point. To scratch the surface, check out these items.
A collection of sketches, concept art, character designs and more by one of the greatest living animation masters.
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.
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.
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.
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.