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For questions about the animation process used in movies and TV shows. Do not use this tag if your question is not about animation, even if the movie or TV show you're asking about is animated. Animation is a method by which still images are manipulated to create the illusion of movement. This can be done using a variety of techniques, including traditional animation, stop-motion animation, and computer animation.

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Is computer animation becoming cheaper?

Kung Fu Panda 4's budget is less than 60% of the last one. Is this partially due to animation becoming cheaper? I'm sure there could be other factors, like if they didn’t expect to make as much and ...
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Looking for the name of an animation technique (1930's–50's) which uses a rotating wheel to create a parallax effect

I saw a documentary back in the 90's about animation in the 1930's, particularly Disney, Warner, and Fleischer Studio. The bit I'm trying to identify is a background technique. The documentary showed ...
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What animation techniques and styles in Arcane contribute to this enhanced realism?

In Netflix's Arcane, the action scenes appear notably more realistic and engaging compared to other animated series, such as 'Marvel's What If...?'. What animation techniques and styles in Arcane ...
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How did China dub and air The Twins of Destiny?

The Twins of Destiny is a 1991 animated series that depicts Chinese Empress Dowager as a villain: The Twins of Destiny (known as Les Jumeaux du Bout du Monde (The Twins of the Edge of the World) in ...
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Is Jerry's face inspired by the kitten in The Milky Way?

I opened a Wikipedia article and as it's seen from the cover photo the brown kitten whose eyes are closed looks very much like Jerry from Tom and Jerry. The same facial patterns, the same eyebrows, ...
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Cases where voice actor reprises role in live-action adaptation [closed]

Aside from anime and the examples listed below, what instances have there been of voice actors reprising their roles in live-action adaptations? (For anime, see this post.) Patton Oswalt voices ...
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Why did Disney go from colour to black-and-white cartoons in the same year (1934)?

Disney's The Wise Little Hen was released in 1934. It's in full, nice colour. But Donald's next appearance, or at least the first time he is more like Donald Duck as we know him, is in Orphan's ...
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What is the first animated cartoon?

I am reading a book about film history that says that Fantasmagorie (1908) was the first animated cartoon. Coincidentally, I stumbled upon Pauvre Pierrot which is an animated cartoon from 1882. Not ...
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Why do 2D animated movies and shows randomly include CGI sequences?

I was watching Anastasia for the first time since I was a kid, and I realized that there were several sequences done using CGI or 3D animation rather than the hand drawn 2D animation that most of the ...
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What is it called when a static image is used to texture a moving object?

While watching Chowder on Hulu I noticed that some items like clothing seem to have a static background while characters move, giving an illusion that the design or pattern on their clothing is ...
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How is this style of cartoon animation produced?

Back in the early 1990s, America's Funniest Home Videos briefly featured an animated sidekick called Stretchy McGillicuddy: As you can see from the clip, the human ...
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In The Aristocats, why does Duchess's look change so dramatically after the first ten minutes?

In these images, you can see clear differences in the animation, starting from the first scene that really focusses entirely on the cats. The kittens change a little as well, but it isn't as obvious. ...
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Which Disney film reused the most animation from previous films?

We know Disney often reused animation from previous films. I'm curious to learn if the practice for worse over time, or that did perhaps faded away. Do we know which film reused the most animation? I ...
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How and why did Disney reuse animation?

I recently saw a video of Disney reused animation. This clearly shows lots of instances where Disney films reused animations from much earlier films, presumably in order to save cost or money. Why did ...
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Was the timing of Grunkle Stan's cane swing intentional?

During the opening theme to Gravity Falls, at approximately six seconds in, Grunkle Stan can be seen swinging his cane in the direction of the mystery shack: His ...
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Are Bud and Tippi Dink actually D.I.N.K.'s?

Bud and Tippi Dink are the next door neighbors of Doug Funnie on the show Doug. A claim has recently come to my attention that the Dink's are so named because Dink is also an acronym D.I.N.K. meaning &...
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Character names changed while dubbing

Yesterday while I was watching Scooby-Doo, I deliberately changed the language settings from English to Hindi (popular Indian language) to have some fun. But throughout the telecast I noticed that ...
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Was the scene of Remy savouring food in Ratatouille animated by a person with synesthesia?

In this post the poster says: Then this particular scene of Remy savouring food came along (with like swirls of different colours popping up in the background) and I thought, "Huh. That reminds ...
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When the singing voice is also the regular voice

In animated musicals (or animated films with some singing but not to the point of being a musical eg Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks The Internet), sometimes the singing voice of a character is going ...
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Why is Peppa a Pig?

Without any evidence, I wondered if Peppa was a pig to promote the idea of pigs as lovable pets rather than delicacies. Regardless of whether that is true or false, I would like to know if the experts ...
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How was Looney Tunes originally watched?

The Looney Tunes series started in the 1930s. How did people originally watch it? I don’t imagine a lot of kids grew up with a television. Did people go to the cinema for 5-minute shorts?
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Is "breaking the 4th wall" a thing in animations too?

There are some examples in which animated characters look directly at the viewer with or without quotes. Can we call these "breaking the 4th wall" while the characters are non-living? Some ...
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Why are Pluto and Goofy so different?

In the Disney Mickey Mouse world, Goofy and Pluto are both dogs. However, Goofy is anthropomorphic and verbal, whereas Pluto is not and is Mickey's pet. What gives?
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Did the documentary parts of The Mysterious Cities of Gold air in the UK, Japan and US?

At the end of each original French episode of The Mysterious Cities of Gold there is a little documentary about the real locations and people featured in the show. Some of the segments feature Mayan ...
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Where does this design of a monster come from?

In the 1942 Superman cartoon The Arctic Giant there is a monster which picture I am including in this question. In the cartoon, it is described as a tyrannosaurus. Where does the design of this ...
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Can a specific shooting style be patented?

I was watching one of my childhood cartoons and realized one of the scenes was directly uplifted from Matrix. What I wonder about is. Can movies get sued because they copy the camera angles and stuff ...
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Why does Hollywood rarely hire well-known voice-actors/actresses instead of well-known actors/actresses to voice-act animations?

There are many voice-actors who are just voice-actors and they are very experienced and talented in it with so many types of voices they can produce (such as old voice-actors like Tara Strong, Jim ...
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What is this star shape artifact in old cartoons?

I was recently watching some old Tom and Jerry episodes (40s-50s) and noticed the end of the episodes have a star shape symbol in the top right for only a few frames. I couldn't find a term for what ...
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Why are there no 3D animated films for adults? [closed]

Many modern films make heavy use of digital processing and special effects. Some even include entire characters created using digital animation, such as Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy and ...
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Why are superhero animated movies not made with the same level of graphics as pre-rendered videogame cutscenes?

I've played some superhero games like the Batman: Arkham series and I've noticed that the pre-rendered cutscenes (to be distinguished from real-time cutscenes) are really good. So much good that I've ...
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Why the highlighted outline in animated cartoons?

I've often seen in animated cartoons like Doraemon or any other anime that an object in the background that is about to move or do some movement is highlighted explicitly. Which makes it easy to ...
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Did the creators manipulate the animation frame rate for specific visual effects?

Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a particularly richly animated film with an amazing variety of animation styles used to reflect the different universes its multiple spider characters come from. ...
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Why are characters double in a sequence?

In the first episode of Disenchantment (2018), during the wedding scene, right before Elfo interrupts the ceremony, there’s a look of the inside of the temple in which we can see all the guests and ...
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Why are mice in cartoons (almost) always depicted as good guys?

Mice are pests destroying human crops. They have been hunted without mercy for hundred of years. Humans domesticated cats to keep them away from their houses and granaries. Poisons and traps were used ...
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Was "Ralph Breaks the Internet" the first Disney production to feature computer-animated renditions of these characters?

"Ralph Breaks the Internet" famously features most Disney princesses together sharing the same scene. While this includes modern computer-animated characters like Anna, Elsa, Merida, Moana and ...
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About how many man-hours did it take to animate 101 Dalmatians?

I watched 101 Dalmatians (1961) again recently, and I have to say the animation while very artful seems kind of lesser in quality than say Dumbo (1941) or Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). ...
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How do film-makers keep track of where they are in a complex stop motion animation scene?

In the past I've played with some of those smartphone stop-motion animation apps, but it can be difficult to keep track of where you are. Even just moving a couple of limbs while "walking" a ...
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How did they create the soundtracks for old cartoons?

Take, for example, this episode from Tom & Jerry. Every movement/expression/feeling the characters display is included on the background music, which is a different thing than the usual sound ...
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How did movie makers make "Odie" act with an animated Character in Garfield?

As per Wikipedia "Garfield: The Movie is a 2004 American family comedy film directed by Peter Hewitt inspired by Jim Davis' comic strip of the same name. It stars Breckin Meyer as Jon ...
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Is the voice casting done before or after computer graphics?

In animated motion films, is the voice casting done before or after computer graphics animations?
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Who are the narrators in Game of Thrones Conquest & Rebellion: An Animated History of the Seven Kingdoms?

In the Game of Thrones Conquest & Rebellion: An Animated History of the Seven Kingdoms there are several narrators for each episodes. And I think all of them are related to Game of Thrones series, ...
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Character with underbite, pointy jaw, and bug eyes [closed]

A friend and I have been trying for about an hour to remember what character we're thinking of. Morse, from Balto, reminded us. It's his underbite, with the way the lip comes to a point, the teeth ...
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How do they keep maintaining the same dubbing voice in TV shows which longs for several years?

Like 'Powerpuff Girls', all the characters seems to have the same voice after many years. Due to aging, their voices will be changed especially with kids. But how did they get the same voice after 10 ...
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Claymation with real eyes [closed]

I remember seeing a stop-motion animated short film a year or two ago on the Internet (I think either YouTube or Vimeo). The most memorable thing about it was that the characters were animated but had ...
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Sleeping Beauty and Snow White in the same movie [closed]

This may be a bit different than many identify-this-movie questions, but my five year old daughter's descriptions are about as vague as memories of movies I watched in my childhood, so I think it fits....
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In which cartoon (if any) did Bugs Bunny use the term "nimrod"? [closed]

In English, the term nimrod seems to have morphed sometime in the 20th century from meaning "mighty hunter" to meaning, roughly, "idiot" or "dipstick". The Internet knows that this is because of Bugs ...
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What is the oldest adult animated sitcom? [closed]

What is the history of the genre? What is the chain of works of art, that led to the adult animated sitcoms like Rick and Morty, Beavis and Butt-Head, South Park, etc? Which one was the first? Edit ...
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What is the name of this Hungarian animation? [closed]

Media: Movie Date of release/watch: I watched it a couple of years ago, but the movie itself came out a long time ago (definitely pre-2000) Plot summary: A mother (in the form of a horse) tells her ...
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Pink bird and turtle travelling in time? [closed]

Back in 2005-2007, there was a TV cartoon series being aired on TV. The show main characters were a pink bird and big yellow beak but didn't look like a flamingo. The main character was accompanied ...
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Where and when does the "idea" light bulb appear for the first time?

In many movies and animated cartoons, the light bulb represents an idea that occurs inside a character's mind. But where does this metaphor come from and what is the first movie/cartoon/show that used ...
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