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World-renowned animator and triple-Oscar-winner Richard Williams presents ‘The Animator’s Survival Kit’ for iPad.

Taking the globally bestselling Kit to a whole new dimension, this app provides the underlying principles that every animator needs. Aspiring or professional, digital, classical or stop motion, animators can now engage with Williams and his work like never before. Watch unreleased films or interact with over 100 animated examples — learn from the legend himself.

■ the complete ‘Expanded Edition’ of ‘The Animator’s Survival Kit’
■ over 100 animated examples from ‘The Animator’s Survival Kit Animated’ DVD box set, scrubbable frame-by-frame
■ ‘onion-skinning’ functionality on selected animated examples, showing previous and following frames live
■ previously unreleased animations by Richard Williams, including a 9-minute film, ‘Circus Drawings’
■ new pieces-to-camera from Richard Williams to put the app in context

“A sublime and spellbinding app... It epitomizes everything an eBook-app crossbreed should be. It uses the full capabilities of the iPad’s processing power and screen to deliver a visually stunning, entertaining and enthralling masterpiece... If you’re a budding animator with a spare $35, you won’t regret it.”
—The Next Web, Pick of the Day, 29 April 2013

“The Animator’s Survival Kit app is a joy to use for anyone interested in animation, and suitable for any level of ability.”
—CG Channel

“I can’t imagine an audience who won’t love this app. From school kids, just growing an interest in drawing to retirees, this book / app is perfect for anyone looking for a wonderful excursion into a new topic or attempting to expand their craft.”

“an ABSOLUTE MUST HAVE for any animators with an iPad. If you are an animator, and you don’t have an iPad, you may even consider buying one just for this app alone. It really is that good!”
—Animation Scoop

“We love it. It is better than the book, better than the DVD series. It perfectly combines the best qualities of print and video... a huge step forward for learning animation.”
—Animation Apprentice

“The essential tool for both aspiring novice and seasoned pro. I love that an animator can step forward and backwards through the animation. The ‘slide to animate’ bar below the animated clips is very useful as it allows you to isolate and study a particular arc or path of action. Moving your finger left and right, slowly or quickly, advances or rewinds the action. Being able to study the animated examples without having to load up a DVD on another device is amazingly useful. Now it is obvious that this is the way to view and learn from the animated examples.”
—Rob Coleman, two-time Oscar nominee, Animation Director on the Star Wars prequels

“Good news for animators of all stripes – pro or student, digital and hand-drawn. The master himself demonstrates principles of character animation with interactive samples and exclusive extras (including new Williams shorts). Now you can have access to Williams’ wisdom all the time. It’s a must-have for both studios and classrooms – smart, stylish and a class act all the way!”
—John Canemaker, NYU animation professor and Academy Award winner

What's New

Version 1.0.3

Adds support for 64 bit iPads which fixes a warning that some users would get when running the app.

Ratings and Reviews

Could have been great...


Expensive, but with my copy of the book so far away it would be cheaper to re-buy it than have it sent over (the physical book is huge) this looked the perfect stop-gap till I could collect.

The video content seemed to make it worthwhile, but none of the files play with sound. Settings checked, further options searched for within app and permissions not found, and no response received from the Support team day's after enquiring.

Right now, a very expensive disappointment.

Essential purchase for any animator


I have the book version of the Animator's Survival Kit which is considered something of a bible in the industry. This app is a great companion and works very well on the iPad, since there are example videos that you can scrub through which make things clearer. It's also easier to find sections that you want to refresh your memory on, and more convenient to keep handy for reference.

Also, Richard Williams is a legend. Passing on the skills that he learned from the Disney animators of the 30s and 40s, with an informative and friendly manner that makes this app worth every penny.

Seriously good stuff


This is just how an ebook should be, colourful, well designed, and a joy to use as well. Even if you just have the slightest interest, it's well worth it :)


Faber and Faber
933.6 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.
Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
© Richard Williams and Imogen Sutton 2013


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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