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Animation refers to the process in which each frame of a film or movie is produced individually, whether generated as a computer graphic, or by photographing a drawn image, or by repeatedly making small changes to a model (see claymation and stop motion), and then photographing the result. When the frames are strung together and the resulting film is viewed at a speed of 16 or more frames per second, there is an illusion of continuous movement (due to the persistence of vision). Generating such a film is very labour intensive and tedious, though the development of computer animation has greatly sped up the process.

Limited animation is a way of increasing production and decreasing costs of animation by using "short cuts" in the animation process. This method was pioneered by UPA, then adapted by other studios cartoons moved from movies into television.

Famous Names in Animation:

  • Tex Avery
  • Ralph Bakshi
  • Mel Blanc
  • Bob Clampett
  • Shamus Culhane
  • Walt Disney
  • Max Fleischer
  • Friz Freleng
  • John Hubley
  • Ub Iwerks
  • Chuck Jones
  • Walter Lantz
  • Winsor McCay
  • Grim Natwick
  • Nick Park

Animation Studios:

Styles of Animation:

  • Computer animation
  • Stop-motion animation (for ex. claymation)
  • Limited animation


Some animated movie series:

Some more animated movies:

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  • The Simpsons - The Complete Second Season
    from Twentieth Century Fox Home Video.
    These are the episodes I grew up with! Simpson fans have been waiting for a collection like this for a long time. Well, the wait is over! The following are the first ten episodes and a brief commentary.
    1) Bart Gets an F: Bart fails yet another test and makes a deal with Martin...tutoring in...

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Disney Platinum Edition)
    from Disney Studios.
    I was extremely excited to receive this DVD.... Upon opening it, one gets the feeling that it is truly a special edition. The packaging is very nice: the DVD box is sturdy with two openings for each disk. The pamphlet inside the DVD is gorgeously produced and very helpful.

    My first impression is...

  • Mary Poppins
    from Disney Studios.
    With the possible exception of "Fantasia," "Mary Poppins" has to be Walt Disney's triumph. The story of the no-nonsense nanny with the sparkle of magic has not aged a bit in the 25-plus years since its initial release and remains a wonderful blend of music, magic, wonder and whimsy that the whole...

  • Excel Saga - Secrets and Lies (Vol. 5)
    from A.D. Vision.

  • Disney Pixar DVD Three-Pack (Toy Story/A Bug's Life/Toy Story 2)
    from Disney/Pixar.
    This is a great set to buy if you have kids who don't care about special features. This set presents just the movie with a few extra bells and whistles. However, if you're a huge fan of these films, as I am, there's better versions packed with special features. Toy Story & Toy Story 2 can be...

  • Peter Pan (Special Edition)
    from Disney Studios.
    Of all Walt Disney's animated films, "Peter Pan" is my personal favorite. This classic tale of the little boy who never grew up has Disney stamped all over it. It also varies refreshingly from the versions that preceded it. In previous plays acted on the stage, Peter Pan was always played by a young...

  • Princess Mononoke
    from Miramax.
    Master filmmaker Miyazaki has created one of the most beautiful animated movies I've ever seen. Frankly, I'm beyond impressed. Anime seems to have a much more realistic feel and the themes are very adult in nature. With intellectual themes, magical creatures and mature relationship issues, this is...

  • Alice in Wonderland
    from Walt Disney Home Video.
    Although there have been many film versions of Lewis Carroll's classic story about Alice's adventures in Wonderland, Disney's 1951 animated version is by far the best. The "Alice" stories themselves are timeless classics that deserve to be passed down from one generation to the next, and this film...

  • Walt Disney Treasures - Mickey Mouse in Black and White
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    from Walt Disney Home Video.
    Just when we thought nothing could top last year's deluxe edition of SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS, Disney have outdone themselves. This sparkling new 2-disc of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST has been well worth the wait, and features an impressive print.

    The first disc features three (count 'em) three...

  • Neon Genesis Evangelion - Perfect Collection
    from A.D. Vision.
    Outside of DBZ, Tenchi, and other cartoon network-popularized anime shows, Evangelion is probably the biggest thing out there. Any anime fan, casual or obsessive, knows about it, and it's one of the most greatly loved (and occasionally hated) shows there is.
    The plot centers around the...

  • Monsters, Inc.
    from Walt Disney Home Video.
    "Monsters, Inc." is one of those great films to which both my 5-year old nephew and I can give our highest rating. A wonderful animated fantasy with suberb vocal performances, "Monsters" is full of both suspense and laughs.

    Briefly, "Monsters" depicts a society of monsters that inhabits a world...

  • The Simpsons - The Complete First Season
    from Twentieth Century Fox.
    The best television art North America has ever produced comes to DVD at last. All 13 original episodes and with commentary by Matt Groening too and then some !! Mmmmmmmm DVD with sprinkles. Here are more details: Disc One: 1. "Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire" episode and commentary. 2. "Bart...

  • Schoolhouse Rock! - Special 30th Anniversary Edition
    from Walt Disney Home Video.
    A good percentage of my childhood years were spent glued to the TV watching cartoons every Saturday morning and afternoon, but more than those, I LOVED Schoolhouse Rock! I can honestly say that I learned just as much (if not a bit more) from these classic episodes as I did in 8 years of Parochial...

  • .hack//SIGN (Vol. 1) - Limited Edition Boxed Set
    from Pioneer Entertainmen.
    I have seen the entire series and it is one of my favorites, ranking right up there with EVA and Cowboy Bebop. It's very easy to give too much of the story away, but basically pretend you are playing a MMORPG one day, and you go to logout, but can't. That's the start of the story for Tsukasa....

  • Dumbo (60th Anniversary Edition)
    from Disney Studios.
    Dumbo is a cinematic milestone and masterpiece of family entertainment. The storyline and characters are well rounded enough (just) to entertain adults and older children and the quality of the animation both holds children's attention and enables them to empathise with the principle characters. In...

  • Escaflowne - The Series (Limited Edition Boxed Set)
    from Pioneer Video.
    If you are looking for a well done, colorful and fully developed anmie story I highly suggest this series. Escaflowne goes beyond the bubbly, cheezy anime that is enjoyable to watch but far from a masterpiece. The writers, artists and director have given anime viewers a beutiful blend of mystery,...

  • Transformers Season Two Box Set, Part 1
    from Warner/ Elektra/ Atlantic; Rhino Video PREORDER.
    The second season had 49 episodes. This set collects the first 24. Here is the official list of episodes from

    Autobot Spike
    Changing Gears
    City of Steel
    Attack of the Autobots
    The Immobilizer
    The Autobot Run
    Atlantis Arise
    Day of the Machines
    Enter the...

  • His and Her Circumstances (Vol. 3)
    from A.D. Vision.
    His and Her Circumstances (Kare Kano) is a wonderful show, but it has one major flaw - the incredible amount of summary used. In other anime like Cowboy Bebop this was eliminated altogether, and wonderfully entertaining filler episodes were used instead.

    In Kare Kano, however, there is a summary...

  • Fantasia (60th Anniversary Special Edition)
    from Disney Studios.
    Never a big fan of Disney animation, this reviewer has always made Fantasia a major exception in his catalogue. And it's safe to assume that most people in the same boat (those who favor Kubrick and Scorsese over Cinderella and Snow White) will feel the same way. Sure, Fantasia has its share of...

  • The Incredible Adventures of Wallace and Gromit
    from Warner Home Video.
    First, the basics. Nick Park: British clay animator and all-around brilliant chap. Wallace: Kindhearted but hapless inventor known for gently hairbrained ideas. Gromit: Long-suffering but intrepid dog whose facial expressions say it all.

    A Grand Day Out: Despite some immensely funny sight gags,...

  • Pocahontas (Disney)
    from Walt Disney Home Video.
    Walt Disney's "Pocahontas" could never be used in any classroom as a depiction of textbook history. But it is a tale of people learning to overcome their personal prejudices, and to enjoy the beauty of nature without always letting civilization take over. It offers the viewers a tale of adventure,...

  • Noir - Shades of Darkness (Vol. 1)
    from A.D. Vision.
    The people who brought you Bubblegum Crisis, Tenchi Muyo, El Hazard, Dual, and Photon are back, and this time they've created something truly spectacular. Although the character designs for this series are somewhat derivitive (Mirelle looks like a blonde Sylia/Ifurita/Mitski Rara) the animation...

  • Walt Disney Treasures - The Complete Goofy
    from Walt Disney Home Video.
    Here is a list of all forty-six Goofy cartoons--year by year--contained on this new Disney Treasures collection:

    1939-"Goofy and Wilbur" (Goofy's first official "solo" short)

    1940-"Goofy's Glider" (The first in the long-running "How-to" series)

    1941-"Baggage Buster", "The Art of Skiing", "The...

  • Spirited Away
    from Walt Disney Home Video.
    A children's movie with pluralistic moral lessons? An animated film with the maturity to entrance adults and kids alike for almost two-and-a-half hours? Drawings that rival the finest in contemporary comic books and manga? In a word, yes, and in two words: "Spirited Away."

    The story opens with...

  • G.I. Joe - Real American Hero/Revenge of the Cobra
    from Wea Corp.
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  • South Park - The Complete First Season
    from Warner Home Video.
    I am very anxious about the release of this set. I've been a huge fan of South Park ever since its debut. Although I currently own the first season in the form of the VHS collection (2 episodes per tape), it'll be nice to be able to own every episode in chronological order. From what I've heard, the...

  • Transformers - First Season Collector's Edition
    from Wea Corp.
    I've been waiting so long for this day to happen. The Transformers complete first season on DVD. This was the most amazing cartoon I had ever seen while growing up. I was nine years old when the Transformers debuted in 1984 on Saturday mornings. I had my mom set the alarm clock ten minutes before...

  • Robotech - The Macross Saga - Complete Collection
    from A.D. Vision.
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