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The Animator's Survival Kit Animated


Richard Williams




Richard Williams has combined his best-selling book, The Animator's Survival Kit, with his legendary Masterclasses to produce this 16-DVD box set. Filmed over four days at Blue Sky Studios in New York, the Masterclass is intercut with over 350 specially animated examples. During his 50 years in the business, Williams has been one of the true innovators. Dedicated to passing on his knowledge to a new generation of animators so that they in turn can push the medium in new directions, here he reveals the secrets of the masters, distilling his experience into a working system that makes animation better and easier to do. You've read the book – now see it filmed.

Each DVD box set comes with an exclusive personally signed statement from Richard Williams

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Hailed as ‘one of the best hand-drawn short films of all time’ PROLOGUE is a ground-breaking animated film directed and animated by triple Oscar winner Richard Williams and produced by Imogen Sutton. Animating the film alone, Williams who is 82 , has taken drawn animation to a new level of expertise and emotional impact. Breaking animation conventions the film has an innovative mastery of movement and space giving it a hypnotic quality with dramatic intensity. The film takes place in Greece, 2400 years ago; Spartan and Athenian warriors battle to the death witnessed by a little girl. It’s a film with no dialogue using natural sounds. Williams has been working on this for many years between other projects. Initially begun in Canada on a small island near Vancouver the film was completed this year in Bristol. Williams says, “I’ve gone back to 1900 and drawn everything on one sheet of paper. Then it’s polished with state of the art technology. It has taken over 6,000 complex animated life drawings to create this film.” Following the first screening of PROLOGUE last summer, Peter Lord,co-founder of Aardman Animations declared, “We have just witnessed animation history.”​


Fantastic coverage of the interview with Richard at the LA Academy 'Marc Davis Celebration of Animation' where a key exhibit is based on Richard's work.

See clips and a review on the Animation World Network.


Reviews of The Animator's Survival Kit Animated:

For reviews from across the Animation Industry see

Cartoon Brew

2009 Brew Holiday Gift Guide #1: Richard Wiliams Masterclass
"Richard Williams's 16-DVD box set is an impressive and impressively packaged expansion of his best-selling book of the same name. Based on the now legendary Masterclass he taught at Blue Sky Studios in New York, actual footage of the class itself has been combined here along with over 400 specially animated examples of the principles he covers. Between the classic and in-depth nature of these lessons and William's touching sincerity, generosity of spirit and profound love of the art form, if he had titled the set "Animation's Survival Guide", he would not have been wrong."

3D World

"Everything you need to know about animation: just supply your own talent, discipline and dedication. 10/10"

Animation World Magazine

"...there is nothing better than the Richard Williams' Animation Masterclass."

Jan Pinkava Oscar winner Geri's Game and Co-Director Ratatouille.

"When an animation great like Richard Williams offers you the fruits of his experience - his knowledge, his craft - packed into a box and fully illustrated with moving pictures, just say "thank you!" and hand over the cash. Then use it."

John Canemaker, NYU Professor, Author, Oscar-winning animation filmmaker.

'The sample animation is amazing and it is so wonderful to see Richard Williams demonstrating in live-action: articulate, passionate and humorous. He is a distillation of a dozen master animators each giving you a private tutorial, a uniquely personal way to learn the art and the craft of animation.'

The Arts Institute at Bournemouth

"Richard Williams shares his milestone DVD collection The Animator's Survival Kit (Animated) with unparalleled generosity. His knowledge and expertise has been passed on to future generations of animation students and professionals. By viewing them one is immediately connected to the work of the animation Masters in a way that subject specialists can only dream about.

Richard's visual Master classes reach his audience though the most authoritative, entertaining and accessible performance which not only addresses the importance of the craft, the hard work and commitment to succeed, but also the FUN of doing it!

This DVD Master work will have a profound influence on the teaching and understanding of animation for years to come".
Professor Peter Parr,Reader in Animation,The Arts Institute at Bournemouth.

Lane Meister, Graphic Artist , USA

"Absolutely fantastic. A revelation to me and a dream come true. If I'd had this information 10 years ago, my life would have taken a completely different course. The cost seemed a bit much at the time of purchase, but after viewing everything (most of it 2 or 3 times) I can't imagine there being any college course or program with information that good and that extensive. Both the content and the history of its development, and right from the mouth of someone in the middle of it. For me, it's perfect. I can train myself AND continue working full-time and there's nothing better. "

Karl F. Cohen, teacher, historian, author and president of ASIFA-SF

"If you want to learn technique from the man who directed Roger Rabbit, the Pink Panther and a lot of other famous as well as forgotten stars, his book and DVD set should be near your computer or drawing table. Although the DVD set is considerably more expensive than Williams' book, the price is a bargain if you feel you will learn more by seeing and hearing Williams lecture and drawing on large white boards before a group of animators. Each disc includes lots of animated sequences (over 400 of them in the set) and you can stop and single frame your way through each example if that will help you see what he is talking about. If you take your career seriously and really want to learn or improve your character animation skills further, this DVD set could be a good investment. It is similar to the book much of the time, but it contains lots more information and embellishments and Williams delightful personality."


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About Richard Williams

Richard Williams was the creative mind behind the animation of the worldwide smash hit Who Framed Roger Rabbit for which he won two Oscars. He directed and designed Roger and Jessica Rabbit, Baby Herman and all the new characters for the Walt Disney/Steven Spielberg blockbuster.

British-based Williams has won 3 Oscars, 3 British Academy Awards and over 250 other international awards. His 50 year career in animation includes The Return of the Pink Panther, What's New Pussycat, Casino Royale, The Charge of the Light Brigade and the Oscar-winning A Christmas Carol.

In the 1990s he gave the Richard Williams' Animation Masterclasses around the world to participants from studios such as Disney, Pixar, ILM, Dreamworks /PDI and Warner Bros, culminating in his best-selling book, The Animators Survival Kit (2001).

'Absolute animation genius' Los Angeles Times
'Arguably the best animator working in the field today' Hollywood Reporter
Voted by peers as 'The Animator's Animator' The Observer
'The only "genius" genius to come along in animation in years …probably one of the most respected draftsmen in the world.' Los Angeles TV Times

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