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Traditional Animation Technique

In this article we are going to discuss about traditional animation. Read on the complete article to know in-death useful and important info about traditional animation. The traditional animation or also known as the hand-drawn animation has been used in most animated films of the 20th century. The individual frames of a traditionally animated film are photographs of drawings, which are first drawn on paper.

Traditional animation is one of the most popular as well as the oldest technique of animation. It is also known by other popular names such as classical animation, cel animation, or hand-drawn animation. The traditional animation technique works in a manner that each of the frame in a cartoon made by using this technique is made by hand. Just to tell you that the term ‘traditional animation’ is generally used in contrast with the now more popular term which is computer animation.

Another good and useful info about traditional animation techniques working manner is that in order to produce a false impression of movement, each piece of drawing would be little bit different from the one preceding it. The different drawings are traced or photocopied onto transparent acetate sheets which are known as cells, and are filled in with paints in designated colors or shades on the side opposite the line drawings. The finished character cels are then photographed one-by-one onto motion picture film against a painted background with the help of a rostrum camera.

Here are few of the illustrations of the films where traditional animation technique has been used are Pinocchio which was produced in United States in the year 1940, Animal Farm in United Kingdom in the year 1954 and Akira in Japan in the year 1988. The films produced by using the traditional animation techniques were made with the help of computer technology such as The Lion King which was made in US in US, 1994 and also the Les Triplettes de Belleville in year 2003.

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