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Christmas Gifts for Animators 2016

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It’s that time of year again, when you start thinking what to buy that special animator/illustrator/creative in your life for Christmas! Presenting our annual top 10 list, in no particular order:

1. The Art of Aardman (£8.49)

This book celebrates 40 years of the Aardman studio by taking the reader on a tour through its archives. With forewords from founders Peter Lord and David Sproxton, it features extracts from the sketchbooks of creators and directors including Lord, Nick Park and Richard Starzak.
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2. Star Wars Virtual Reality ‘VR’ Viewers (£14.99)

Compatible with almost any smartphone, the Star Wars VR Viewer lets users explore virtual reality worlds, watch films or play games. It gives users access to thousands of apps in the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. Other designs include C-3P0, Darth Vader, R2-D2, Stormtrooper, plus BB-8 (seen here).
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3. Independent Animation: Developing, Producing and Distributing Your Animated Films (£28.27)

Skwigly’s very own Ben Mitchell explores how to develop, produce and distribute your films by showcasing some of the giants in the field and guiding readers through the artistic process and production techniques. A must have for aspiring independent animation filmmakers.
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4. Pokemon Poke Ball Figural Mug (£10.99)

2016 saw the massive Pokemon Go craze sweep the nation, so we couldn’t not feature a gift idea to reflect this! Enter the Pokemon Poke Ball ceramic mug…
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5. Haynes Retro Arcade Game Kit (£24.99)

For anyone with a love for nostalgic gaming, this electronic set equips you with the tools and components to build your own pong style tennis machine. The kit runs on 3 AA batteries giving you 10 hours of gaming at a time. And once its built simply insert a coin to begin play.
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6. Ethel & Ernest [Book] (£8.79)

Ahead of this winter’s release of the new Ethel & Ernest animated feature film, get yourself a copy of the original Raymond Brigg’s book (which the film has been adapted from). Deeply moving and very funny, the story follows Brigg’s parents’ marriage and life – illustrated in his unique strip-cartoon format. Buy from

7. Tradigital Animate CC: 12 Principles of Animation in Adobe Animate (£24.99)

2016 saw the evolution of Adobe Flash when, with more then just a change of name, it become Adobe Animate CC. ‘Tradigital Animate’ helps you focus on the key animation principles while using the program’s wide array of features to create believable animation, consistently.
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8. Anomalisa [DVD] (£6.99)

If you haven’t already got yourself a copy, Anomalisa is the Oscar nominated, stop-motion comedy/drama directed by Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson. The film follows a lonely customer service expert who perceives everyone as identical until he meets a unique woman…
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9. The Little Prince Figurines: Journey Set (£14.99)

The release of the animated feature ‘The Little Prince’ has spawned some elegant merchandise this year – but none quite so as these figurines, styled in the ‘paper-tear’ technique which was employed in the stop-motion segments of the film.
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10. Adventure Time 4-Piece Coaster Set (£6.33)

A must for your Christmas party and/or animation desk! This Adventure Time Coaster Set contains 10cm square cork backed coasters.
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  • Katie Steed

    Excellent list – and Ben Mitchell’s ‘Independent Animation’ is a definite must have for any animator this Christmas 🙂

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