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Character Animation Crash Course Finally Here...Almost

Eric Goldberg's CHARACTER ANIMATION CRASH COURSE!, published by Silman-James Press, is available for pre-order on It's 240 pages of cartoon goodness, all geared to getting great performances from your characters on the screen. It comes with an accompanying CD that has animation movie files of selected sequences in the book. You can watch them in real time, or frame-by-frame, and they all include X-sheets, inbetween charts, circled keys, and underlined breakdowns, so the tests can be analyzed while you read the book, revealing how the principles actually look in movement and why.

Shipping date is estimated at mid-July. Also, Goldberg will be premiering it at the San Diego Comic-Con, signing copies at Stuart Ng Books, Friday July 25 from 2-4 p.m., and Saturday July 26th from 11 a.m.-Noon.

The book is a veritable Genie's lamp stuffed with everything the aspiring animator could wish for. Goldberg's detailed text and drawings illuminate how to conceive characters "from the inside out" to create strong personalities. Classic animation techniques are analyzed and brought to life through this unique book and its accompanying CD that offers readers animated movie examples that show, in real time or frame-by-frame, the author's principles at work. Add to this Goldberg's discussions of classic cartoons and his witty, informative observations gained during his 30-plus years in professional animation, and you have a tour-de-force guide to character animation with the classic touch.

Andreas Deja, Supervising Animator, Walt Disney Animation Studios said, "This exhaustive 'animation crash course' comes from one of the best and most original of animators working today, Eric Goldberg. It is a must-have for anybody who is serious about character animation"

Goldberg is currently working as the supervising animator for Disney's THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG, the long-awaited return to 2D animation, in theaters December 25, 2009.

Book and CDSilman-James Press240 Pages, Illustrations in Color and Black and White$35ISBN: 978-1-879505-97-1Pre-order from