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How was Looney Tunes originally watched?

They were shown in cinemas before a main feature, just as Pixar films have a short beforehand today. Typically a cinema would show a film, some cartoons, and some newsreel on a constant loop. People ...
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Why the highlighted outline in animated cartoons?

This is due to how hand-drawn animation used to be made. A static background was drawn only once, and the moving objects were drawn for each frame on a transparent cel. Then it was placed on the ...
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How and why did Disney reuse animation?

The reuse of animation in this way is attributed to director/producer Wolfgang Reitherman, and was reportedly done because the animation had already proved to work well in its previous use. From The ...
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Where and when does the "idea" light bulb appear for the first time?

Where does this metaphor come from? The term "bright" to mean "clever" seems to have originated/evolved in the 18th century.. By the mid 1700s, the term was being said to ...
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What is this star shape artifact in old cartoons?

I guess it's a cue mark: A cue mark, also known as a cue dot, a cue blip, a changeover cue or simply a cue is a visual indicator used with motion picture film prints, usually placed on the right-hand ...
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Why do Mickey's ears rotate and shift location when he is not facing the camera?

To make the Mickey symbol more recognizable, the more authentic depiction was abandoned. From Wikipedia: Ub Iwerks designed Mickey's body out of circles in order to make the character simple to ...
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Sleeping Beauty and Snow White in the same movie

Your daughter can rest easy; she's absolutely right. You are looking for The Seventh Dwarf (2014), a German 3D-animated film based on Sleeping Beauty that borrows characters from Snow White (and other ...
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Was "Ralph Breaks the Internet" the first Disney production to feature computer-animated renditions of these characters?

Not if we're counting videogames. The game series Kingdom Hearts, an official Disney/Square Enix joint production, has 3D renders of your mentioned characters, along with almost every "official" ...
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Why did Disney go from colour to black-and-white cartoons in the same year (1934)?

I'm going to take a swing at this, as no-one else has yet… Colour was difficult, and cussed… and expensive - and not as clear or clean as black & white. It needed much more light [which was ...
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Was the scene of Remy savouring food in Ratatouille animated by a person with synesthesia?

He has another animation named Synesthesia. This indicates that he has a decent interest in the topic. In his another animation, Sensology, he says: As Paul played, I closed my eyes and had an ...
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How and why did Disney reuse animation?

I'm not sure where to look for citations on this, but the animation & the cell drawing/colouring are two different skillsets. The animator could design a set of moves without fleshing out the ...
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Why have Disney princess films post-2009 all started with the princess as a child?

The "Disney Princess™" is a relatively recent innovation in Disney's branding, dating back only to 2000 or so: The rise of the Disney princesses reads like a fairy tale itself, with Andy ...
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Was "Ralph Breaks the Internet" the first Disney production to feature computer-animated renditions of these characters?

A few of the princesses also appeared in Disney Junior's animated show Sofia the First. From Disney movie list: Ariel, Aurora, Belle, Cinderella, Mulan, Jasmine and Snow White appeared in the series....
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What is the first animated cartoon?

Pauvre Pierrot were painted images displayed through Praxinoscope. While Fantasmagorie, uses the modern techniques known today, that later were used by Disney.
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Why did Disney go from colour to black-and-white cartoons in the same year (1934)?

The two short movies are made as part of different series. The Wise Little Hen is a silly symphony's cartoon and Orphan's Benefit is a Mickey Mouse cartoon. Of these two series, the silly symphony ...
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How was Looney Tunes originally watched?

The history of film began with short films. Thus cartoons — which are short films — were mainly viewed as part of a whole slate of items one would see when going to the movies back in the day. The ...
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Why does Hollywood rarely hire well-known voice-actors/actresses instead of well-known actors/actresses to voice-act animations?

Because movie making is a business and having well known actors and other celebrities voice characters helps sell the movie. I'm sure Hollywood would prefer to hire less expensive talent for all ...
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Where and when does the "idea" light bulb appear for the first time?

Felix the Cat was the first to use the light bulb as a metaphor for a bright idea. In the early twentieth century, Felix the Cat was the world’s favorite animated animal. (...) The anthropomorphic ...
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Old animation movie with girl who has magic necklace or pendant that she could never take off,

So, I think it might be The Great Adventure of Horus, Prince of the Sun. In the synopsis of the movie, it states Together they defeat and destroy Grunwald. Hilda, who had given her magical "...
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Pink bird and turtle travelling in time?

Albert Says... The Nature Knows Best and Albert Asks... What is Life? Is this your bird? (Youtube link) The main character Albert is a mythical creature that, according to the outside, like a ...
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Why in "The Incredibles" is the usually-realistic gravity sometimes WAY too strong?

'Uncanny Valley' isn't really a problem unless you're really trying to go for perfect human representations with CGI. It's where 99% feels real but that 1% is off like a weird lip movement or ...
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Why was the art of old animated films sketchy?

I don't know the answer for sure, but my guess is that it was simply one of the preferred aesthetics of the era. The late 50s and early 60s were full of hand drawn art styles where the roughness of ...
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Forgotten animated movie involves encasing things in "gluestick"

It was Chuck Jones. You're looking for Raggedy Ann and Andy in The Great Santa Claus Caper (1978). Inventor and efficiency expert Alexander Graham Wolf, who looks and sounds like Wile E. Coyote, is ...
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Why do many animated movies use famous actors to do the voices?

Basically it's not that you use famous actors voice to just waste money but there are few things that produces look for: They invest so much money to make the movie, and a famous actors voice is one ...
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Why was Castle of Cagliostro so stylistically/artistically different from Miyazaki's other films?

Lupin III is not original to Miyazaki. It premiered as manga in 1967 and as anime in 1971. By the time Miyazaki made Castle of Cagliostro in 1979 there were already three prior films and over a ...
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What is it called when a static image is used to texture a moving object?

TV Tropes (warning: massive time-sink!) calls this "Unmoving Plaid", but the article also claims that the technical term is apparently "perspective-incorrect texturing". Googling ...
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Why is Gerald McCloy able to imitate sound effects only?

TL;DR: (as question was updated) Is there any explanation (in- or out-of-univsrse) on why Gerald was able to imitate sound effects only and how he was so good at it? Out of universe, and going back ...
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How called episode of Tom & Jerry about mice that survived after nuclear war?

This is the cartoon Good Will To Men(1955). It was directed By William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. The production team was the same team responsible for the Tom and Jerry cartoons although Tom and Jerry ...
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Why are mice in cartoons (almost) always depicted as good guys?

It's just a working trope Nice Mice, unlike Rats, mice are smaller and do work as underdog character as other answer tried to say: Very small and cute, yet wild, the mouse is an animal often used ...
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Why are Pluto and Goofy so different?

Neither Goofy nor Pluto are real-life dogs - members of the species named either Canis familiaris or Canis lupus familiaris, depending on whether dogs are considered to be a separate species from ...
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