Book Review: Directing Animation by David Levy

October 20, 2010


Directing Animation” by David Levy is a non-fiction book in which the author talks about…directing animated movies. As a teacher and veteran director of episodes on Adult Swim, Assy McGee, Blue’s Clues and more Mr. Levy shares many stories of his personal experience from working as an animator to running the whole show.

  • 256 pages
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Allworth Press
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : 1581157460

Allworth Press has kindly made available one (1) copy of “Directing Animation” to one lucky winner (US Addresses Only). See contest link & Rules below
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Book Review: Directing Animation by David Levy
My rating for Directing Animation 5
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As an avid animation fan I really enjoyed this book even though it is not geared towards me.
Most people have no idea the amount of work involved in making an animated clip, even it it’s “just” a 30 seconds commercial. Reading on the amazing process of creating animation, even if it’s just a short, has always fascinated me to begin with. Reading about the process from an industry expert with a mind to teach rather than just boast, is enlightening to any fan of animation.
Directing Animation” is easy to read and can be skipped around as necessary if used as a reference book. I, however, read it straight through and enjoyed the technical aspects as much as the personal and pointed stories which tactfully drive the Mr. Levy’s point home.


The book is divided into logical chapters which build upon one another. After the introduction the reader gets a rundown on what it takes to make an animated movie, the roles involved (animators, stylists, background artists, production assistants, etc.). The following chapters talk about the director’s job in either independent films, commercials, TV series, feature films and the Internet. The last chapters deal not only with directing, but management of people as well.
Mr. Levy peppers the book with fascinating, enlightening and mostly funny anecdotes from his experience working in the industry. The author even goes beyond his own experience and quotes industry big wigs such Ralph Bakshi, Don Hertzfeldt, Yvette Kaplan, Xeth Feinberg and others.
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