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Become a better animator

Animator Island is a treasure trove of animation secrets, techniques, tips, and information on your quest to become a Master Animator. Our goal is to inspire you, dear artist, to reach new heights of movement, acting, and storytelling to propel the great medium of animation to exciting and brilliant new places.

Visual Library – Boost your art and animation skills

A visual library is one of the most powerful tools to improve your art and animation. Find out how you can build yours that will make your work more believable and awesome! Also, I talk about how to analyze animation.

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Animation Exercise: Judy Hopps Keyframe

Keeping with the Lessons From Zootopia theme from last week’s update, today we’ve got an exercise for you to tackle! After all, practice makes perfect. Byron Howard, co-director of Zootopia, recently stopped by YouTube with a lesson on how to draw Judy...

Lessons From Disney’s Zootopia

Disney’s Zootopia has quickly climbed to the number one spot of… well, pretty much every list, it seems like. An incredible score of 98% on Rottentomatos, 8.4/10 on imdb and it even broke Frozen’s opening week box office record (gasp). So, what is it...

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Lessons From Disney’s Zootopia

Animator Lessons from Disney's Zootopia Animation

Disney’s Zootopia has quickly climbed to the number one spot of… well, pretty much every list, it seems like. An incredible score of 98% on Rottentomatos, 8.4/10 on imdb and it even broke Frozen’s opening week box office record (gasp). So, what is it that so many people like about this film? Let’s take a look at what makes Zootopia special and what we as animators can learn from it.

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Happy Christmastime!

Merry Christmas from Animator Island

We’re off for the holiday season, as usual, and will return on January 11th, 2016 with all-new updates and animation goodness! Ferdinand and I both wish you the merriest of holiday seasons and tremendous joy as 2015 draws to a close. Thanks for your support this past year, and here’s to a great new one as the calendar rolls over!

-JK