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Anime Studio™ 6: The Official Guide by Kelly L. Murdock

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The History of Animation

The history of animation is a broad enough topic to be its own book, but it all boils down to those perceptive people who discovered that if you flip quickly through several similar images that have only small changes between each one, the resulting objects seem to come alive.

The historical discussion then turns to a number of interesting technical machines that make the process of flipping through frames easy and consistent. These early machines included odd-named wonders like the Magic Lantern, the Thaumatrope, the Zoetrope, the Praxinoscope, Thomas Edison’s Kinetscope, and Louis Lumiere’s Cinematograph. With these machines came an interest and a curiosity that took animation from novelty to a viable commercial form ...

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