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In 6 Days to Air, the documentary about the making of South Park episodes there is some great footage of the animators working on the characters in studio onw acom tablets. I couldn't tell what program it was. Does anyone know if it is a proprietary suite or something that can be purchased? I'd like to make my own cartoons, is there a comparable program one could look at working with that is available for mac?

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Shows a complete lack of any attempt at research. -1 –  JohnP Feb 28 at 5:34
    
Are you interested in the old hand made South Park or the newer episodes. Since for the old method they only used photos and cardboard. Furthermore, in the documentary you state they mention the software used... –  invalid_id Feb 28 at 6:40

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From the Wikipedia article on South Park (which you could've found with a bit of Google):

When the show began using computers, the cardboard cutouts were scanned and re-drawn with CorelDRAW, then imported into PowerAnimator, which was used with SGI workstations to animate the characters.[46][48] The workstations were linked to a 54-processor render farm that could render 10 to 15 shots an hour.[46] Beginning with season five, the animators began using Maya instead of PowerAnimator.[76] The studio now runs a 120-processor render farm that can produce 30 or more shots an hour.[46]

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