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10 Christmas Gifts for Animators 2018

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Christmas 2018 is nearly upon us – so whether you’re thinking of what to buy that animation friend in your life, or you deserve treating yourself after a long year’s hard work, here is our annual top 10 list of gift ideas, in no particular order:


1. Miyazakiworld: A Life in Art (£15.99)

Japanese culture and animation scholar Susan Napier explores the life and art of Miyazaki to provide a definitive account of his oeuvre. Napier illuminates the multiple themes crisscrossing his work, from empowered women to environmental nightmares to utopian dreams, creating a portrait of a man whose art challenged Hollywood dominance and ushered in a new chapter of global popular culture.
Buy from Amazon.co.uk


2. Aardman: An Epic Journey: Taken One Frame at a Time (£15.99)

This is an intimate, revealing and funny behind-the-scenes story of Aardman, told in their own words by co-founders Peter Lord and David Sproxton and featuring Nick Park. The colourful account follows Peter and David’s extraordinary journey from their humble beginnings as penniless students, teaching themselves the craft of animation, and recounts the key moments that defined their careers and shaped Aardman into the British success story it is today.
Buy from Amazon.co.uk


3. Steven Universe Monopoly (£60)

Steven universe Monopoly includes locations in beach city featured in the animated series. Players will travel the board buying, selling, and trading places from the show like big donut, beach house, and Keystone motel. 6 collectible metal tokens include Greg’s van, peridot’s boot, lion, ukelele, roaming eye, garnet’s guantlet
Buy from Amazon.co.uk


4. The Wes Anderson Collection: Isle of Dogs (£15.86)

The only book to take readers behind the scenes of this year’s stop-motion film. Through the course of several interviews, Wes Anderson shares the story behind Isle of Dogs’s conception and production, with members of the production team revealing anecdotes about the making of the film, their sources of inspiration, and the ins and outs of stop-motion animation. Previously unpublished behind-the-scenes photographs, concept artwork, and hand-written notes and storyboards accompany the text.
Buy from Amazon.co.uk


5. Keep Calm and love Animation Films Marble Coaster (£9.49)

Has your old drinks coaster worn out? Or maybe you never had one in the first place? This marble coaster is durable, ‘stylish’, and can be further personalised for that special animator in your life.
Buy from Amazon.co.uk


6. The Art of Incredibles 2 (£21)

It wouldn’t be Christmas without an ‘Art of’ book from Pixar… Featuring gorgeous production art and details from the production team about the making of the film, The Art of Incredibles 2 overflows with insights into the artistic process behind Pixar’s engaging creative vision.
Buy from Amazon.co.uk


7. Morty-Pickle Rick Mug, Coaster and Keychain Gift Set (£8.95)

This officially licensed Rick and Morty gift set comes with an 11oz ceramic coffee mug, a square cork backed coaster and a rubber keychain, all featuring Pickle Rick artwork.
Buy from Amazon.co.uk


8. Have a Nice Day (£4.49+)

This Chinese feature film caused quite a stir last year after being withdrawn from the Annecy Animation Festival. It has been described as “if Quentin Tarantino remade Pulp Fiction as an animated movie set in modern day China, it might look something like Have a Nice Day”. Although not available on DVD yet, it is currently available for streaming online.
Buy from Amazon.co.uk


9. Elfo Disenchantment Christmas Sweatshirt (£26.95)

Matt Groening’s Disenchantment hit our Netflix screens earlier this year (check out our podcast with writer/producer Josh Weinstein) – and it hasn’t taken long for popular character merch to hit the shops. Get in the festive spirit with this long sleeve, ‘Christmas knit pattern’ women’s sweatshirt.
Buy from Amazon.co.uk


10. Wreck-It Ralph Action Figure (£9.99)

If you need an addition to your animation desk/office space/tpy shelf, look no further than this 12cm Ralph figure. With Amazon reviews including “As good as expected” and “Great worth every penny”, it’s a must have this Christmas 😉
Buy from Amazon.co.uk

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Lewis Heriz
@themooks @skwigly Yeah! That's when it becomes << actual magic >>
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James Howard
@lewisheriz @skwigly That first time you see it move is such a buzz and then you add sound and it just enters a whole new stratosphere.
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Lewis Heriz
@themooks @skwigly I know it's kind of obvious, but I used to see it as 'important but secondary'. I don't see it as secondary any more.
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@lewisheriz @skwigly Sound does bring it to life.
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