Variations on a Theme
Steve Worth has just posted the first half of the first edition of Preston Blair's Animation book over at the the ASIFA Archive blog.
When Blair put the book together in 1947, he used the characters he had animated at Disney and MGM to illustrate the various basic principles of animation. Apparently, the rights to use some of the characters were revoked after the book was already in the stores. Publication was halted for a time, and he was forced to redraw most of the MGM characters, replacing them with generic characters of his own design.
You can check out screengrabs from the MGM cartoons these characters are originally from over at Clarke Snyder's Inspiration Grab-Bag.
And over at all kinds of stuff, John K. explains how to use this book to learn about construction of the head.
And here at DUCK WALK, you can check out the generic characters of his own design that appear in my copy of the book!
(Images on the left are from the original, images on the right are from the currently available yellow-covered version)
The duck on the left is a thousand times cooler than the goose on the right!
...and now watch me change this chicken into a rabbit, right before your eyes, folks...
Hey, where'd Thumper go?