Learn from a master animator and artist, Preston Blair. This book is essential for any student or professional wanting to polish their skills.

PrestonBlairPreston Blair (October 24, 1908 – April 19, 1995) was an American character animator, most noted for his work at Walt Disney Productions and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer animation department

A native of Redlands, California, Blair began his animation career in the early 1930s at the Universal studio under Walter Lantz and Bill Nolan. He later moved over to Charles Mintz’s Screen Gems studio, and in the late 1930s moved over to the Disney studio. At Disney, Blair animated cartoon short subjects, Mickey Mouse scenes in “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” section of Fantasia, and the hippo-alligator dance in Fantasia’s “Dance of the Hours” sequence. He also did some work on Walt Disney’s Pinocchio and Bambi.

Blair left Disney after the 1941 Disney animator’s strike, and was hired to work for Tex Avery’s unit at MGM. There, he became particularly noted for animating the titular female character in Red Hot Riding Hood. “Red” later re-appeared in more Avery cartoons, including Swing Shift Cinderella, Little Rural Riding Hood, Uncle Tom’s Cabana and the Droopy cartoons The Shooting of Dan McGoo and Wild and Woolfy, with animation by Blair. In the late 1940s, Blair teamed with Avery animator Michael Lah to direct several Barney Bear cartoons.

Blair continued his career in animation into the 1960s, working on The Flintstones at Hanna-Barbera. He is most noted, however, as an author of animation instructional books for Walter Foster Publishing. His first book, Animation, was published in 1948 and originally included images of the famous MGM & Disney cartoon characters he had animated, who were redrawn to obscure their origins in the second edition of the book. Blair would write many more animation how-to texts over the next forty years, culminating with 1994’s Cartoon Animation, a 224-page book which compiles most of the content from all of his books.

Preston Blair was the brother of artist Lee Everett Blair [1] and the brother-in-law of artist and designer Mary Blair. He died on April 19, 1995.

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The Author

Lavalle Lee

Lavalle Lee

Lavalle Lee has been creating animated cartoons online since 1999/2000 for his website flashcartoons.org. The cartoons on the site have gained viral video status reaching millions of viewers online. In 2009, Lavalle started learning hand drawn animation from Don Bluth in his animation classes, as well as attending his Masterclasses in Arizona. He has also personally studied animation and visual effects from Veteran Disney animators.

Lavalle is widely known in the animation industry as the creator of the TraditionalAnimation.com website. After seeing that most animation sites were about all types of animation, not any specific to classical hand drawn animation, Lavalle knew Traditional Animation needed to be represented online. TraditionalAnimation.com has become the leading website and social media account for all things 2D. The website served as inspiration for “The Traditional Animation Show” in which Lavalle was both producer and host.

His partnership with Don Bluth began when he championed the Dragon's Lair Indiegogo campaign as lead project manager, editor, and in-betweener. The campaign reached $730,000 dollars to produce a 7-minute pitch video. After ten years of learning from Don Bluth and working together on the Dragon’s Lair pitch, Lavalle accepted the position as Vice President of Don Bluth's new company Don Bluth Studios.

10 Comments

  1. March 1, 2017 at 2:48 pm — Reply

    I saw this version of the Preston Blair book at Macy’s in New York in 1958. I was six years old and was about to buy it with my Silver Dollar when my mother jerked me away from it abruptly. dragging me away as I cried. Knowing its value today, you understand why I cried. It’s not easy being ahead of your time!

  2. March 29, 2017 at 2:51 pm — Reply
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  4. March 29, 2017 at 3:38 pm — Reply

    I own this book

  5. March 29, 2017 at 7:13 pm — Reply

    Great book.

  6. March 30, 2017 at 3:26 am — Reply

    Ooo the animator of Red From Red Hot Riding Hood!❤

  7. Gail King
    July 11, 2017 at 3:16 pm — Reply

    I have Animation by Preston Blair 1949. Learn how to draw

  8. October 9, 2017 at 2:56 pm — Reply

    Is this any different from his book titled “Cartoon Animation”?

    He was a brilliant animator. I think The Animator’s Survival Kit is a far superior as an overview of animation techniques though.

  9. […] Animation by Preston Blair (1947). [online] Traditional Animation. Available at: https://www.traditionalanimation.com/2017/advanced-animation-by-preston-blair/ [Accessed 1 May […]

  10. March 14, 2020 at 3:43 pm — Reply

    […] of the same concept, I noticed variations at the point where the ball bounces. Looking into it, Preston Blair (the original innovator of the bouncing ball drawing) intended the bounce to be a ‘fast drop, […]

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