The Noble Ap­proach: Mau­rice Noble and the Zen of An­i­ma­tion De­sign. By Tod Pol­son (Chron­i­cle Books, $40).

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Fans of clas­sic an­i­ma­tion gems such as Dumbo, How the Grinch Stole Christ­mas and nu­mer­ous Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny and Road Run­ner car­toons are al­ready in love with the rich legacy of lay­out artist Mau­rice Noble. In this, one of the best an­i­ma­tion books of the year, for­mer Noble ap­pren­tice Pol­son of­fers a fan­tas­tic look at the mas­ter artist’s in­spir­ing work process, pro­vid­ing a rich col­lec­tion of art­work, notes, lovely anec­dotes and valu­able lessons about cre­at­ing time­less toons. As his fre­quent col­lab­o­ra­tor Chuck Jones notes in the charm­ing in­tro to the book (taken from the 1987 ASIFA Life­time Achieve­ment Award cer­e­mony), “Mau­rice sel­dom tried to pro­vide an­i­ma­tion gags per se, but he cre­ated a world where an­i­ma­tion could flour­ish.” In short, the book pro­vides a wor­thy tes­ta­ment to the ge­nius of this unique Amer­i­can artist.

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