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How To Make a Great Animated Music Video

Music. Time. Animation. All three of these are key parts in making an animated music video (AMV). However, an AMV is considered great only when they are all utilized. There are plenty of people who do not sync the animation with the music, or perhaps recycle scenes over and over again because they believe it […]

Toons of the 2000s: The End of Broadcast Kids TV - Part 3

You are reading Part 3 of The End of Broadcast Kids TV. Part 1 | 2 | 3 | Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro. The Other Guys NBC and CBS were footnotes on Saturday mornings in 2000; they remain footnotes in 2009. Only the names have changed. NBC was a non-factor for nearly a decade, having chosen to bow […]

Toons of the 2000s: The End of Broadcast Kids TV - Part 2

You are reading Part 2 of The End of Broadcast Kids TV. Part 1 | 2 | 3 | Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro. Kids’ WB: That’s All Folks? Things looked rosier over at Kids’ WB, thanks mostly to the ongoing success of Pokemon, the resources of Warner Bros. Animation, and the general oversight of WB Network boss Jamie […]

Toons of the 2000s: The End of Broadcast Kids TV - Part 1

You are reading Part 1 of The End of Broadcast Kids TV. Part 1 | 2 | 3 | Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro. If I turn on my local CW station at 7am, I’ll see their local news. If I turn on the local MyNetwork station at 3pm, I’ll see Maury telling some poor soul he’s the father. […]

Toons of the 2000s: Top 5 Animated Features

 Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro.    This has been a great decade for animated features. Mainstream acceptance of animation has greatly expanded, with a majority of films that would have been ignored in the 70s and 80s getting wide theatrical releases and heavy commercial and critical attention. A lot of this attention […]

Toons of the 2000s: Top 5 Cartoon Network Originals

Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro.  During its 17 years, Cartoon Network has done a great deal of good for animation.  The network’s development of original programming changed the landscape of televised animation. Many of their shows became classics amongst animation enthusiasts and a multitude of talented individuals broke into the business through […]

Toons of the 2000s: Top 5 Disney Animated Television Series

Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro.  When most people think of Disney’s television animation, they think back to the late 80s and early 90s. That is, after all, when their studios were bustling with shows being developed left and right. While that level of production is a thing of the past, Disney was […]

Toons of the 2000s: Top 5 Most Influential People in Animation

Animation is an art form. It taps into parts of the imagination you might not have thought possible. It effectively creates the illusion of life, and when done properly it is capable of evoking a vast array of emotions. While animation is still largely considered fodder for children, this decade has seen noticeable progress towards […]

Toons of the 2000s: The Fall and Rise (?) of 2D Animation - Part 3

You are reading Part 3 of The Fall and Rise (?) of 2D Animation.  Part 1 | 2 | 3 | Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro.   Pixar For better or worse, Pixar changed the animation landscape with its initial foray into feature film production. Toy Story (1995) proved conclusively that a character driven story could be told effectively using 3D […]

Toons of the 2000s: The Fall and Rise (?) of 2D Animation - Part 2

You are reading Part 2 of The Fall and Rise (?) of 2D Animation.  Part 1 | 2 | 3 | Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro. Stop-Motion   Let’s take a quick respite from the studio breakdown to talk about stop-motion animation. This retrospective blog post is about 3D CG and 2D animation, so […]

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