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Animation is a dynamic medium in which images or objects are manipulated to appear as moving images. In traditional animation the images were drawn (or painted) by hand on cels to be photographed and exhibited on film. Nowadays most animations are made with computer-generated imagery (CGI). Computer animation can be very detailed 3D animation, while 2D computer animation can be used for stylistic reasons, low bandwidth or faster real-time renderings. Other common animation methods apply a stop motion technique to two and three-dimensional objects like paper cutouts, puppets or clay figures. The stop motion technique where live actors are used as a frame-by-frame subject is known as pixilation.

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You'll shed a tear the next time you see a fleeting ball of string

Contributed by Molly McCandless

At three minutes and twenty-eight seconds, the TV Show showcases 19 different continuities, each with a unique art style and color palette, interacting with each other in a story that at once chaotic and coherent from beginning to end. It is at once a sharply and beautifully animated film, and a fantastic example of how to convey a complex story in the shortest amount of time possible.

Contributed by Christian Romero

Great video discussing the origins and history of Hanna-Barbera cartoons from Tom and Jerry to Yogi Bear. Did you know that the Flintstones was the first cartoon to have a main character pregnant and the first to have a man and a woman sleeping in the same bed? There is also an actual Jellystone Park, in fact multiple Jellystone Parks! Lots of other cool facts about Tom and Jerry, Huckleberry Hound, the Flintstones and Yogi Bear.

Contributed by Sam Feldstone

One of the world's first animated films created by Emile Cohl in 1908

Contributed by Sam Feldstone

Adorable and sad at the same time!

Contributed by Kristina Jewell Boyd

adorable animation!

Contributed by Kathryn Vercillo

Adorable Heartbreaking Animation Short

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The making of an extremely captivating animated video entitled "The Seed."

Contributed by Empriś Durden

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