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Drawn to the Movies

Filled with unforgettable characters and settings, animation has been a part of our cinematic heritage practically since the birth of movies. Many filmgoers first encountered animation when it was hand drawn on acetate sheets— more commonly known as cels. That method is still in use today, but just as often, animation utilizes other techniques and materials including clay, paper cutouts, stop-motion models, and most recently, computer-generated imagery. Some filmmakers are faithful to just one technique, while others will combine them. But whether in features or short films, family favorites or experimental art films, animation has remained at the artistic and technological cutting edge of movie entertainment and has given us many classics. Take a look behind-the-scenes at one of the medium’s most beloved and powerful forms of creative expression, and get to know some of the names from around the world who have shaped this colorful art form.

Animation is a popular worldwide presence that has inspired visionaries everywhere from America to Europe and Japan, creating a diverse and truly global community of talent.

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Animated features may represent some of the most popular family films of all time, but that is just one facet of animation's rich and colorful story.

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Whether drawn with a pencil, sculpted by hand, or rendered in a computer, animation is a cornerstone of modern moviemaking.

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