A Century of Stop-Motion Animation: From Melies to Aardman (英語) ハードカバー – 2008/9/30
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A pioneer shares his memories and insights on the technique he defined
• Completes the best-selling trilogy that began with Ray Harryhausen: An Animated Life (“Terrific!”—Publishers Weekly) and The Art of Ray Harryhausen (“Highly recommended.”—Library Journal)
• Never-before-published photos!
• Traces the history of stop-motion animation from the 1890s through Chicken Run and beyond
This lavishly illustrated tribute to the stop-motion animation—the technique behind special effects for more than half a century—traces the history of the genre through the eyes of the industry’s greatest pioneer. From crude model animations in the 1890s, through the first animated feature and into the computer age, Ray Harryhausen and his co-author, Tony Dalton, reveal the patience and ingenuity of animators and explain the development of the technology. The insights of Harryhausen, the pioneer whose name is indelibly linked with stop-motion, add a rich extra dimension to this history, packed with cinematic monsters, fantasy creatures, the imaginings of Tim Burton and Aardman, and much more. Never-before-published stills and photos of the artists at work, sketches and storyboards for projects both realized and abandoned, and a host of recently unearthed memorabilia make A Century of Stop-Motion Animation a must-have for all fans of animation and film.
Ray Harryhausen is revered as the master of special effects in the pre-computer age. His timeless work includes Jason and the Argonauts and The Clash of the Titans. He received an honorary Oscar in 1992 and a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame in 2003. Many know his name from the elegant restaurant Harryhausen’s in the animated movie Monsters Inc.. He lives in London.
Tony Dalton has known Harryhausen for more than thirty years. A film historian and writer, he runs his own archive research company. His previous book, also co-written with Harryhausen, is Ray Harryhausen: An Animated Life. He also lives in London.
Just about anything you've ever wondered about stop-motion animation is both talked about AND illustrated in this book.
There are seven chapters. After some introductions, the first chapter is an overview of what is stop-motion animation, drawing in detail on Harryhausen's examples. Then a chapter on the early pioneers. Then, of course, a long chapter on O'Brien. Then an almost-as-long chapter on Harryhausen. Then there are three concluding chapters, on contemporaries of O'Brien and Harryhausen, the next generation after them, and the contemporary world of stop-motion. There are two pages of footnotes that provide great details and some behind-the-scenes gossip.
Although I love this book, I only gave four stars because of just a few nit-picking issues. One, it really isn't a general history of the field, it is a review of the O'Brien and Harryhausen careers with "additional information" on everyone else. Two, there is SO MUCH information sometimes the pages are too full. Sometimes a page will have the narrative of the book, an extended quote from one of the people and also multiple captions for the many photographs and illustrations. Sometimes it took a little effort to sort out what I was reading. Three, this is a high-quality book, with heavy paper stock, but my edition contained three pages with typography smears. The smears didn't obscure any text, but they really seemed out of place since the overall quality of the book was so high.
I really recommend this book highly. I would have liked to have seen more about the contemporary world--the final chapter is the shortest--but there is so much here that I will be reading and re-reading this book for a long time. Great stuff.