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Animation Resources is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization dedicated to serving the self study needs of animators, cartoonists and illustrators. If you are a creative person with an interest in the field, we hope you will choose to become a member of Animation Resources. Every other month, members are given access to a high resolution e-books, still framable animated films, podcasts and documentary films— all curated by the Board of Animation Resources.

Benefits Of Membership

  • Every other month, you will receive a brand new Reference Pack which consists of high resolution downloadable e-books packed with fantastic artwork, rare animated films from our collection, documentaries, podcast discussions and more!
  • For our annual members, we have an exciting announcement. Up to now, we have rerun past RefPacks three times a year in our Bonus Archive. But beginning in 2023 we will be upping that… we’ll share a rerun RefPack in alternate months between the new ones. This means that every year, as an annual member you will be receiving 12 full Reference Packs a year, instead of just 6! This only applies to General and Student membership, not Quarterly members. So if you are on a quarterly billing cycle, you might want to consider cancelling your Quarterly membership and re-joining as a General member.
  • We also host “Animated Discussions” Events as live-streamed video programs. Past Podcasts are archived along with our Reference Packs and on the Bonus Archive page for annual members.
  • Every year or two, Animation Resources provides more benefits for its members, and we occasionally raise our dues a little to allow us to continue to expand our offerings. But if you join today, we promise that General Membership dues will never increase as long as you maintain your membership.
  • General Membership is just $95 a year. For students and full time educators, it’s just $70. Are the annual dues too much to spend all at once? We also have a Quarterly Billing Option where you are billed $30 every three months. You can cancel your membership at any time on the Membership Account Page.(Quarterly Membership does not include the Bonus Archive.)


    Reference Pack

    Best of RefPacks 1 to 50

    Over the past decade, Animation Resources has shared 50 Reference Packs with our members. To celebrate this anniversary, we have assembled two e-books and two video podcasts highlighting a few of the treasures our members have been able to download. During Members Appreciation Month, we will be sharing these e-books and podcasts with the general public. We hope they inspire you to join us and be a part of building the foundation for the future of animation.

    DOWNLOADING INSTRUCTIONS: Below are the links to the sample Reference Pack. To download the files, RIGHT CLICK on the link (Mac users OPTION CLICK) and select SAVE TO DISK. We are delivering high resolution files to you. When you click, it might take several minutes to finish the download, so please be patient. If the link doesn’t work, refresh this page and try again. It’s best to download the files one at a time, rather than all at once. This will avoid timeouts.

    PLEASE NOTE: This material may be protected by copyright and is provided to supporters of Animation Resources under Fair Use provisions for critical analysis, educational and reference purposes only. Permission to copy and print is granted for personal use only and these files are not to be distributed or shared with others. All rights reserved. After the period of availability, these files will be deleted from the server and may never be offered again. Downloading of this material constitutes agreement to these terms.

    Best of 25

    Best of The E-Books
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    A Sampler of the First 10 Years of RefPack E-Books

    The creative world of animation has its roots in the art of cartooning, and the history of cartooning extends back centuries. Over the past decade, Animation Resources’ e-books have included thousands of pages of classic cartooning, illustration and art instruction, ranging from 16th century woodblocks to newspaper comics from the 1920s, to powerful political cartoons from around the world, to complete courses teaching the fundamentals of cartooning and caricature… all designed to broaden the horizons of both professional and student artists.

    This pair of e-books gather together some of the highlights from the first 50 members only e-books. It is provided to the general public to give prospective members an idea of what they will receive when they join. Members and volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization and we appreciate everything that the hundreds of people who have contrinuted to our efforts have accomplished. These e-books are dedicated to them.

    Best of RefPack 26-50 E-Book
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    Adobe PDF File / 187 Pages / 530 MB Download


    Best of 25

    Best of Videos 1 to 50
    Sampler Reels of the First 10 Years of RefPack Animation Videos

    Some people are under the mistaken impression that animation is a genre, best suited for children’s cartoons. They think that specific established styles and techniques are the only way cartoons should look. It’s easy even for animators to fall into the trap of making cartoons that look just like all the other cartoons on TV and in theaters. But Animation Resources encourages film makers to think of animation as a medium, capable of breaking new ground by doing innovative and great things. We encourage our members to think outside the box by sharing unique examples of powerful animated film making that exploit the best aspects of the medium.

    In the past decade of Reference Packs, Animation Resources members have had an opportunity to see rarely seen films of all types, from century old silent shorts, to stop motion puppet films, animation from China, Poland, Japan and Russia; animated commercials from the early 1950s; classic theatrical cartoons; experimental animation and rare industrial training films… Our intent is not to bring back a “golden age” of animation. We encourage artists to build on the past as a foundation for surpassing it.

    This pair of reels gather together some clips of the highlights from the first 50 members only Reference Packs. They are provided to the general public to give prospective members an idea of what they will receive when they join.

    Best of 1-25 Video Reel
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    M4V Video File / SD / 48:06 / 456 MB Download

    PLEASE NOTE: This video file is large. Please download one file at a time to avoid timeouts.


    Bonus Download

    During alternating months between Reference Packs, we’ll be including a bonus video or e-book from one of our past Reference Packs for our annual members (General and Student Memberships only). This time we are sharing a book and two rare wartime training films!

    Plastic Man

    Jack Cole’s
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    Plastic Man
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    Issues Nos. 1, 2 & 3 (1943)

    Jack Cole’s “Plastic Man” debuted in Police Comics in 1941 and was an immediate hit. Cole’s offbeat humor and Plastic Man’s ability to take any shape gave the cartoonist the opportunities to experiment with text and graphics in groundbreaking manner, helping to define the medium’s vocabulary, and making the idiosyncratic character one of the few enduring classics from the Golden Age to modern times. Plastic Man gained his own title in 1943.

    This PDF e-book contains the first three issues of Plastic Man comics and includes a biography of Jack Cole. It is optimized for display on the iPad or printing two up with a cover on 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper.

    REFPACK001: Plastic Man
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    Adobe PDF File / 183 Pages / 245.5 MB Download


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    Private Snafu Gas

    REFPACK001: Private Snafu in Gas
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    Army/Navy Screen Magazine (1944)

    The Private Snafu training cartoons were produced by Warner Bros for the War Department during WWII. “Gas”, which deals with the importance of having an operating gas mask handy, was directed by Chuck Jones and written by Ted “Dr Seuss” Geisel. The voices were by Mel Blanc and Billy Bletcher.

    REFPACK001: Private Snafu in Gas
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    M4V Video File / 4:43 / 77.5 MB Download

    This DVD quality MP4 file is provided courtesy of Thunderbean Animation and is included in HD on Private Snafu Golden Classics.


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    Van Beuren Circus Capers

    Aesop’s Fables: Circus Capers
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    Van Beuren Studios (1930)

    Disney admitted that in the 1920s, his goal was to produce cartoons as good as the Aesops Fables series. However after the Fables introduced a boy and girl mouse that bore a strong resemblance to Mickey and Minnie, Disney filed suit and had the cartoons pulled from theaters. This cartoon is one of the most blatant Mickey ripoffs, and one of the funniest.

    REFPACK001: Circus Capers
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    M4V Video File / 9:13 / 230.5 MB Download

    This DVD quality MP4 file is provided courtesy of Thunderbean Animation and is included on Uncensored Animation from Van Beuren.

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