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Tuesday, February 18th, 2020

NEW! Quarterly Dues At Animation Resources!


The Animation Resources dues are a bargain when you think about all the incredible reference material you can download each year. But we understand that coming up with the dues for a whole year can be tough for some people. The Board of Directors has decided to institute a quarterly billing option to help you get started as an Animation Resources member.


When you sign up for the Quarterly Membership, you will pay $25 for three months of dues. At the end of the three months, your PayPal account or credit card will be automatically charged for the next three months. You can discontinue your membership at any time by visiting

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For the low price of $25, you will become a full member of Animation Resources, and you will be able to access the Members Only page to download our Reference Packs, chock full of e-books, still-framable videos of rare animation, and podcasts on a variety of subjects. You can download this valuable material to your hard drive and amass a useful personal library that will serve your self-study needs for your entire artistic career.

Animation Resources dues levels are “grandfathered in”, which means that as long as you remain a member, your dues will never increase. Since we have been providing bigger and more elaborate Reference Packs lately, we plan a dues increase in the near future. But if you join today, your dues will never increase.

Animation Resources membership is one of the biggest bargains in animation. You owe it to yourself to be a member of Animation Resources. We want to help you become a better artist… and all it costs to join is $25.



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Monday, February 17th, 2020

RefPack032: Chuck Jones Bar Sheets- Musical Timing Rediscovered!

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Every other month, members of Animation Resources are given access to an exclusive Members Only Reference Pack. These downloadable files are high resolution e-books on a variety of educational subjects and rare cartoons from the collection of Animation Resources in DVD quality. Our current Reference Pack has just been released. If you are a member, click through the link to access the MEMBERS ONLY DOWNLOAD PAGE. If you aren’t a member yet, please JOIN ANIMATION RESOURCES. It’s well worth it.

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Chuck Jones Bar Sheets

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“How The Grinch Stole Christmas” (1966)

Animation Resources is proud to share with its members our most ambitious project to date— an e-book, video and podcast detailing the timing techniques used to make the Chuck Jones television special “How The Grinch Stole Christmas”. Chuck Jones was a master at controlling the pacing of the action for every single frame of his films. The method of timing cartoons in the golden age of animation is nothing like the way it is done today. We think you will learn a lot from this research, and perhaps discover some techniques to improve the timing of your own projects.


One of the biggest mysteries about the way cartoons were made in the classic era is musical timing. The number of frames an action would take to perform was planned along with the music that would accompany the movement. This synergy of timing and music is a big part of why golden age cartoons are so much more rhythmic and synchronized than modern animation. The tool the director used to plan the timing of the action was the bar sheet. Every action was charted to follow a musical beat and structure right alongside the music composed to accompany it. Bar sheets ensured that the pacing was flexible, making it easy to accordion the timing in or out to accommodate specific overall running times. The accents in the animation were designed to fall in line with the musical form of beats, bars and measures. And if the action played a little bit too fast or too slow, it still felt correct when it was viewed because it matched the beat of the music. This allowed for maximum flexibility, and complete control over how the music and action were synchronized. With the advent of television and computers the process of timing animation has changed, and today the generation who knew how to time to a beat have long since retired or passed away. Musical timing has essentially become extinct.

Chuck Jones Bar Sheets

In the mid 1970s, Chuck Jones visited the UCLA film school to speak to the students there. He made a gift of a batch of production material to Dan McLaughlin, the head of the animation department, to use in his curriculum. Included with this collection were the bar sheets for “Grinch”. Dan passed away last year, and his successor at UCLA, Doug Ward was charged with inventorying and finding a home for Dan’s collection of research materials. Doug is a member of Animation Resources, and was familiar with our previous research into musical timing, so he arranged to have the bar sheets donated to us for use in this project.

Davey Jarrell For the past six months, animator Davey Jarrell and Animation Resources President Stephen Worth have been formatting, breaking down and analyzing Chuck Jones’s bar sheets to reverse engineer the secrets of musical timing. The result of this research is now available for members to download. First of all, we have produced a PDF e-book, with high resolution scans of the bar sheets themselves. Covered with notes by the musical director of “Grinch”, Eugene Poddanny, and action notes by Chuck Jones, this document details the first pass of planning for how the storyboard should be edited to time; and it outlined the basic structure of the featured songs and underscore. Also included is a widescreen video which sets the finished animation right next to a scrolling timeline of the bar sheet notes. You can still frame through the video and count frames and see exactly how the planning formed the foundation for the final film. Lastly, Davey Jarrell and Stephen Worth have recorded an hour long audio podcast, where they explain in detail how the process worked and what we can take from it to inform modern day animation technique.

Chuck Jones Bar Sheets

We understand that the material we are presenting here is quite dense and technical. It may not all sink in on your first perusal. We encourage you to download and save this e-book, video and podcast, and archive it all on your hard drive, so you can absorb it at your leisure. The research is still ongoing and if you discover things in here that we may have missed, please let us know so we can share your discoveries with our members. It would be fantastic if today’s animators could learn from the example set by great directors of the past like Chuck Jones. Building on a solid foundation like that is what is needed to take modern animation to a new level.

Animation Resources would like to thank Doug Ward and the family of Dan McLaughlin for sharing this important set of documents with us.

REFPACK032: Chuck Jones Bar Sheets Podcast
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Thursday, February 13th, 2020

EVENT: Acting Symposium at Cal State Fullerton

Acting For Animation

The Pencil Mileage Club at Cal State Fullerton is hosting a screening and group discussion with Animation Resources President Stephen Worth on Saturday March 7th at 6pm. The subject of the program deals with one of the most important aspects of character animation- putting across personality and emotion. We break down acting to its essence, discover what is and isn’t expressive. explore the differences between acting for live action and acting for animation, and we sum it all up by setting out a plan for how to incorporate great acting into your own animation.

The Pencil Mileage Club presents
Acting For Animation with Stephen Worth
Cal State Fullerton – Titan Student Union
Saturday March 7th at 6pm

Stephen Worth has been an animation producer for over 35 years for studios like Bagdasarian Productions, Ralph Bakshi, Spumco and Frederator. His credits include television series (Alvin & The Chipmunks, Ren & Stimpy), TV specials (Yogi Bear), a feature film (Cool World), commercials (Target, Nike, Old Navy), rock videos (Bjork) web cartoons (George Liquor, Bravest Warrirors, Bee & Puppycat) and pilot shorts programs (Go! Cartoons, Too Cool Cartoons). He is the recipient of three Annie Awards, including the June Foray Lifetime Achievement Award for benevolent service to the art of animation. In addition to his work as a producer, Stephen is an educator, archivist and writer on the subject of animation. He served on the Board of Directors of The International Animated Film Society: ASIFA-Hollywood for 25 years, and is currently the president of Animation Resources ( a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational arts organization which provides self-study materials to animators, cartoonists and illustrators all over the world.

The Pencil Mileage Club is a group of animators, illustrators, and visual art students at CSUF looking to create, connect and collaborate with one another. Our community is passionate about the entertainment arts industry and we help develop connections among the students through speaker events with industry professionals, life drawing sessions, group projects, and more. Our club is committed to keeping members informed and involved in local artistic events and we encourage our members to follow their artistic passions to pursue careers in the art industry. The PMC is a place where students may forge meaningful connections, learn something new, and above all have fun!

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