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REFPACK040: Animation From Around The World and MORE!

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Every other month, Animation Resources shares a new Reference Pack with its members. They consist of an e-book packed with high resolution scans and video downloads set up for still frame study. Make sure you download the Reference Packs before they’re updated. When it’s gone, it’s gone!


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Animation Resources is growing. Since we are a non-profit organization, all of the money we take in from dues gets spent on our projects. So as we get more members, we share more wonderful material with them. Here’s an overview of what you will find in RefPack040…

Magic Boy

In past Reference Packs, we have shared the first animated feature made in Japan, Momotaro’s Sea Eagles (1943) as well as the first color Japanese animated feature, Toei’s Panda & The Magic Serpent (1958). Today we are sharing the next feature in the chronology of Japanese anime, Magic Boy (1959). We are presenting the original Japanese version, titled Shonen Sarutobi Sasuke. We hope you find this useful in your studies.

Magic Boy
Magic Boy


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International Animation
International Animation

In our International Animation section, we are presenting five amazing films… The first chapter in a Russian adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book directed by Roman Davydov. We will be sharing the entire story in five parts with our members over the next several Reference Packs, so don’t let your membership expire. Also included is a gorgeous Russian puppet film "Two Greedy Bear Cubs", and the first episode of the most popular cartoon series in Russia titled "Well, Just You Wait…" Rounding out the International section are two fantastic films from Poland, Koziolek Matolek in "Singing Competition" and the first episode of "Dog, Cat and…" These Polish films are great models for simplified internet animation.

International Animation
International Animation


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Lantz Oswald
Lantz Oswald

Next in line are a pair of rare Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoons from the Walter Lantz studios. One of them is made by the legendary animator Bill Nolan, and rivals Ub Iwerks’ animation of Ozzie for originality and fun. The other is a lavish fairy tale story with detailed backgrounds. Two completely different approaches to the same character! You won’t want to miss this.


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Buster Keaton

In the Slapstick section, we feature the second episode of a landmark three part documentary on one of the greatest slapstick performer/directors who ever lived… Buster Keaton. If you have never seen a Buster Keaton film before, this documentary will give you a taste of what you’ve been missing. If like me, you have studied all of his films over and over many times, you will learn new things about Keaton and his creative process that you didn’t know before. It’s a rare opportunity to sit at the feet of a master, and even though these films were made a century ago, Buster Keaton: A Hard Act To Follow allows you to do just that.


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Podcast

Followers of our podcast series, Animated Discussions will be happy to find a new entry on the Members Only page as well. This one is an interview with animator Joe Murray, talking about his creative process. We’ve had programs covering advice for finding your place in animation, Chuck Jones’ bar sheets, how to break down slapstick films, examples of great background layout and more… They’re all there when you log in, so you can spend hours learning and getting inspired!

We also have a fresh batch of breakdowns- short clips of great animation, slowed down so you can see the nuts and bolts of how it works. Build your own library of breakdowns. Organize them into folders by subject, like “walk cycles” or “takes” and refer to them when you need inspiration in your own animation.


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Jugend Magazine

We aren’t done yet! With every Reference Pack, we’ll be including a bonus video or e-book from one of our past Reference Packs. This time we are sharing illustrations from the landmark German magazine, Jugend. Titled after the German word for “youth”, Jugend was at the forefront of the arts and crafts movement. In fact, in Germany, art nouveau came to be known as “jugend-stil” (Jugend style). Utilizing state of the art color printing techniques to reproduce hand drawn lettering and beautiful sketches and paintings, Jugend set a standard in graphic design that continues to be felt to this day.


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International Animation

At Animation Resources, our Advisory Board includes great artists and animators like Ralph Bakshi, Will Finn, J.J. Sedelmaier and Sherm Cohen. They’ve let us know the things that they use in their own self study so we can share them with you. That’s experience you just can’t find anywhere else. The most important information isn’t what you already know… It’s the information you should know about, but don’t know yet. We bring that to you every other month.

Lantz Oswald


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