Richard Williams- Animating Movement

Published on June 30, 2023

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In a world where live-action and animation are growing closer and closer to one another, Richard Williams was and still is one of the last remaining members of the old guard who wanted to push animation in the exact opposite direction, to do what no other medium can, and that’s perhaps most evident in the masterful way in which his films move. Let’s dive in and see what we can learn.

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Sources/Further Reading-
The Creative Person: Richard Williams (1967) –
I Drew Roger Rabbit (1988) –
The Animator’s Survival Kit by Richard Williams –

Special thanks to Garrett Gilchrist for TheThiefArchive, his massive collection of Williams-related films and interviews found on YouTube, and his ReCobbled cut of Williams’ stolen masterpiece The Thief and the Cobbler. This video simply wouldn’t have been possible without either resource.

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