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Movies or shows that consist entirely of either hand drawn or computer drawn/generated content.

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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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What is the origin of Scooby-Doo's name?

According to Wikipedia, Scooby-Doo's name comes from Frank Sinatra's scat line from the song Strangers in the Night. The song was released in 1966 and the first Scooby-Doo cartoon was released in 1969....
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Why were mouse holes often represented in cartoons and movies like this?

I was recollecting on some old Tom & Jerry cartoons and began to wonder why mouse holes were often represented like the picture below. Did it just have to do with the cartoonist trying to ...
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Why do Mickey's ears rotate and shift location when he is not facing the camera?

I thought about this the first time I visited Disney Land. There I saw a 3D model of Mickey in real life. When he is not facing the camera, his ears are sideways, and appear as you'd expect them to ...
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Why was The LEGO Movie not nominated at the Oscars?

Given that The LEGO Movie displayed a new style of animation, was there any specific technical reason why it was not nominated in the category of "Best Animated Feature Film" at the 87th Academy ...
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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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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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Was Bugs Bunny impersonating someone when he ate the carrot?

I've heard that when Bugs Bunny was first shown eating a carrot he was impersonating a popular movie of the time. People of that time got the "joke" and he just kept eating carrots. In time that ...
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What is a “performance capture” animation movie?

The recent movie The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn is a performance capture animated movie. What is a "performance capture" movie and what is the need for this technology when the ...
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Why have Disney princess films post-2009 all started with the princess as a child?

Starting with The Princess and the Frog (2009), every Disney princess movie has included a scene where the princess is a child. The Princess and the Frog (2009) Tangled (2010) Brave (2012) ...
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Why do Canadians have hinged heads?

In South Park, Canadians are animated with less detailed features and heads that are cut into two different pieces, with the top part bobbing when they talk. The characters can tell the difference, as ...
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Why did Polar Express make me feel queasy?

I enjoy most animations but the film Polar Express just made me so uncomfortable that I couldn't get past the first 10 minutes. It's just plain creepy. I have no issues with Shrek, Toy Story, Robots ...
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“What's up doc?” - Is Bugs Bunny impersonating someone?

It turns out that Bugs Bunny was impersonating someone when he ate the carrot. Was he also impersonating a contemporary actor when he asked What's up doc? or is that a Bugs Bunny original?
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Old animation movie with girl who has magic necklace or pendant that she could never take off, [closed]

What I know about this movie: It has to have been released at most during 1982 but it's probably older. I know this for a fact because I am sure that I was six years old when I watched it and I know ...
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Suggested order for X-Men animated series

I would like to watch the X-Men animated series, from the beginning to end, to get to know it better. I mean, there are several series out there, but I don't know which one starts it all, to begin ...
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Christmassy movie about a rat in a toy store [closed]

I suddenly remembered seeing a movie on T.V. when I was a kid. I have no idea what the story was about, but I remember the following things: was animated in a very distinct non-Disney style (unlike ...
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Why are human faces not drawn in old cartoons?

This question torments me from childhood. In old cartoons like Tom and Jerry human faces are not drawn. But since 5th volume (not precisely) human faces were introduced. Why? Was it difficult for ...
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Do feature-length animation studios reanimate characters' mouths for foreign language dubs?

For instance, I know that Toy Story 3 was released in several other languages besides English, did Pixar re-render the characters mouths to sync with the audio? Do traditional animation studios do ...
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Forgotten animated movie involves encasing things in “gluestick” [closed]

I'm trying to remember an animated film I saw as a child, but the details are so fuzzy I only remember for certain these following details: The movie was definitely animated. I'm fairly certain it ...
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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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A cartoon about two men in top hats chasing after a girl in distress [closed]

I remember watching a movie on Cartoon Network as a child with two men in top hats chasing after a girl in these very colorful, very vivid scenes. The only characters are the two men in top hats, the ...
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First animated movie to put “bloopers” in end credits?

I'm guessing it was A Bug's Life (1998), but were there any previous animated movies to put mock bloopers in their end credits? (Related: First bloopers in any film's end credits.)
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How do they mix real characters with animated characters?

Some animated movies show real characters (men/women) in them like in the movie Avatar. How do they mix real characters with animated characters? Does it cost more than a purely animated movie? What ...
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Identify an old (Russian?) Cartoon. “the 3 ____” [closed]

I had a cartoon I watched as a child on VHS I'm trying to remember the name of. Here is a list of details I can recall about it. Its old - pre 1960's (at a guess) Its called "The 3" Something I think ...
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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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How is the “skid to a stop” cartoon stock sound effect done?

You know the one I'm talking about. A cartoon character is running, and then suddenly they have to stop, so they dig their heels in, lean back, and skid to a stop, accompanied by a rapid-fire series ...
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Why are cartoon coconuts (on trees) brown?

Real coconuts are either green or yellow (there may be other variants I'm unaware of) not brown. Why are they always colored brown in cartoons? Growing up in a tropical country with coconut trees an ...
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Identify the movie where a cartoonist turns into an animation [closed]

I remember a movie, probably italian or some similar latin language, where a cartoonist is slowly transformed into an animated character. It was released, I think, in the same decade as Who Framed ...
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Why was Castle of Cagliostro so stylistically/artistically different from Miyazaki's other films?

I know I've heard a reason for it, but I can't remember it - and I'm having trouble finding it! Lupin III: Castle of Cagliostro is quite distinctly different in its visuals from many (if not most) of ...
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Very old animated show taking place in the insect world [closed]

When I was little, I had this one VHS with home-taped cartoons [but not by us] that I watched endlessly. One of the cartoons was unknown to me even then, but it was very characteristic and I'd love to ...
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Cartoon in which Donald Duck tries to stop another duck from committing suicide [closed]

This is a cartoon I watched on English TV about a decade ago, maybe more. I have no idea when it was released but it can't have been much earlier than 1990, as the animation looked fairly modern. I ...
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Animated movie that aired on Cartoon Network about a world of toys [closed]

This has been bugging me for a LONG time now and was hoping someone knew the title to this animated movie I saw a long time ago on Cartoon Network. When I say long, it possibly aired on Cartoon ...
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Why does Jake from Adventure Time have inverted eyes?

Regarding Adventure Time, there is a character called Jake the dog. It's always bugged me not knowing why his eyes are white where the pupil should be, and black where the iris should be (i.e. ...
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What was the longest successful Primetime cartoon prior to The Simpsons?

The Simpsons, which started as a series of shorts shown during The Tracy Ullman Show, has now been on the air for 25 years as its own full-length half-hour episodic cartoon. Its success spawned a ...
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Why do criminals whistle after doing something?

There's an old tradition in cartoons and comedies: criminals (mostly thieves) and bullies often whistle some tunes after doing something bad or when they are likely to be detected by police or guards. ...
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Ants are stealing our picnic!

So we often see scenes in cartoons in which a nice picnic is laid out with all sorts of tasty food, and all of a sudden, we see half a sandwich moving away, followed by a banana, then the other half ...
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What is this animated christmas TV Movie about a sentient ornament? [closed]

I have vague memories of a TV movie from the late nineties about a sentient Christmas decoration. It was called something like "the Littlest Christmas Ball." In terms of plot, I have nothing, but I ...
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Set in a library and switches from live action to animation [closed]

All I can remember is that it starts with a boy who is in a library late at night. At first it's live-action, but then there are these animated colors (don't know how else to describe it) that flood ...
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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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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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Why do cartoons tend to draw eyes stretching them vertically, rather than horizontally?

Many, though not all cartoons, Western or not, tend to draw eyes stretching them vertically, rather than horizontally. This seems understandable when the eyes are drawn so large that stretching them ...
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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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Identify this animated series with the animal fighters which transforms [closed]

Approximately 7-8 year before I have seen a cartoon series where animals fight with their enemy using super natural powers. The main enemy in the series is a self minded machine which sends mechanical ...
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A man finds some wrapping paper and gives it as a present to his daughter [closed]

I'm looking for a cartoon (might be Disney but I'm not sure). I watched it some time ago but I don't remember it's title. It's a story about a piece of wrapping paper. At the beginning a girl from a ...
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Animated Movie about a boy stranded on a dinosaur-filled land [closed]

I don't remember too much, but for starters, if I'm not mistaken, I think I watched it after 2004, on like a Sunday Morning Block. Not sure how helpful that was, since the channel I watched it on ...
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Animated short film about an alley cat visiting his former home [closed]

I cannot for the life of me find one of my favourite (albeit depressing) animated shorts. The film features a cat wondering an abandoned (burnt out) mansion, and imagining the building when it was ...
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What's this animated Titanic movie? [closed]

I vaguely remember an animated film about the Titanic where a woman meets her true love on board. It was released around the start of the 2000's and was dubbed into English. I don't know what ...
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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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In the children's show Toopy and Binoo, Is Binoo a boy or a girl?

Help me settle a debate with my 5 year old daughter. In the children's show Toopy and Binoo, is Binoo a boy or a girl?
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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 ...