The Twelve Basic Principles of Animation is a set of principles established by Disney and introduced by the great animators, Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas in their 1981 book The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation. Johnston and Thomas in turn based their book on the work of the leading Disney animators from the 1930s onwards, and their effort to produce more realistic animations. The main purpose of the principles was to produce an illusion of characters adhering to the basic laws of physics, but they also dealt with more abstract issues, such as emotional timing and character appeal. The book and some of its principles have been adopted by some traditional studios, and have been referred to by some as the "Bible of animation." In 1999 the book was voted number one of the "best animation books of all time" in an online poll. Though originally intended to apply to traditional, hand-drawn animation, the principles still have great relevance for today's more prevalent computer animation.
During the program's duration you'll be asked seemingly at random to read the 12 Principles of Animation PDF. Over time the text will become very familar and ultimately very easy to remember when referring to these important fundamental principles.