Di­rect­ing for An­i­ma­tion: Ev­ery­thing You Didn’t Learn in Art School. By Tony Ban­croft (Fo­cal Press, $34.95).

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Imag­ine tak­ing a one-on-one class with one of the best-liked and most ta­lented con­tem­po­rary an­i­ma­tion di­rec­tors. Well, that is what you get when you pick up Tony Ban­croft’s fun and in­for­ma­tive new book about the art and craft of di­rect­ing an­i­ma­tion. Ban­croft, whose nu­mer­ous cred­its in­clude Mu­lan, The Lion King, The Em­peror’s New Groove and Stuart Lit­tle 2, serves up all kinds of im­por­tant ad­vice about how to make an­i­mated char­ac­ters real and fo­cus on key in­gre­di­ents such as plot, place and pur­pose. He be­gins by dis­cussing the nuts and bolts of the job, and moves on to more ab­stract topics such as “how to me­di­ate all the chefs in the kitchen” or “how to in­fuse your own ideals, sense of hu­mor and per­son­al­ity into the project.” In ad­di­tion, Ban­croft has in­ter­viewed some of the top an­i­ma­tion helmers of the past 20 years (the likes of Dean De­Blois, Pete Doc­ter, Eric Gold­berg, John Musker, Jen­nifer Yuh Nel­son, Nick Park and Chris Wedge) which makes this book an even more en­joy­able read.

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