Animation is rapidly displaying sequential images to produce the illusion of movement.
-> My mind is blown!Forms of AnimationTraditional
Your basic "draw lots of pictures and get them flickering" method.Stop Motion Animation (Claymation)
Instead of drawings, pictures are taken of live props that are slowly adjusted.Computer Generated Images (GCI)
Actually similar to Claymation, in that you have models and you change their appearance from frame to frame.
Or look suspiciously like Claymation if that's your fancy."Flash" Animation
Another sort revolving around the computer, but mainly for two-dimensional appearances. Co-incidentally, can one-for-one replicate the traditional method.Mechanical Animation - Animatronics, Puppetry etc.
This one is debatable, as you are just filming props moving in real time, but it has a long history of being produced alongside the other forms.
And of course, it's possible to blend these different methods together!
Now, just about every country in the world has produced animation at one point or another, even Best Korea! However due to reasons
, this thread shall be mainly for animation originating from Europe and the Americas, and definitely not southeast of Vladivostok, west of Midway or north of Manilla.The PlayersDisney
Going strong for 90 years with an aggressively wholesome image. Famous for its fairy tale stories and other theatrical movies, as well as their long lasting characters.Works of Note:
Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Silly Symphonies, Snow White, Pinnochio, Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Wreck-it-Ralph, Frozen, Gargoyles, Darkwing Duck, Ducktales, Phineas and Ferb, Gravity Falls and about a hundred other thingsPixar
Disney's most famous Subsidiary right now. Single handedly popularised CG Movies for better or worse. Known to be super influential: My own observation is that 80-90% of new stuff at Disney World is Pixar themed.Works of Note:
Luxo Jr, Toy Story, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, WALL-E, Up, Inside OutWarner Brothers
Disney's first real rival. While Disney was wholesome, Warner Brothers was more slapstick and adult themed. Hasn't made nearly as many theatrical films. Has a lot of fingers in the superhero pie right nowWorks of Note
: Looney Tunes, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Elmer Fudd, Foghorn Leghorn, Speedy Gonzales, DC Animated Universe (Batman, Superman, Justice League), Pinky and the Brain, Freakazoid, The Iron Giant, Everything is Awesooome SPACESHIP!!!
The Lego MovieDreamworks
The other big theatrical company right now. Was in something of a rut of questionable use of star power to draw in crowds, but has recently improved. Famous for giving marketers "this face":
But don't be confused, almost every animated movie poster has "this face" these days. Has recently suffered a downsizing, and a lot of shows going straight to Netflix. It will be interesting to see how that pans out.Works of Note:
Shrek, Prince of Egypt, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, How to Train Your DragonCartoon Network
Heir to the Hanna-Barbera throne. First channel really dedicated to cartoons, so it was inevitable they'd make their own.Works of Note:
Dexter's Lab, Powerpuff Girls, Ed Edd & Eddy, Samurai Jack, Johnny Bravo, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Megas XLR, Adventure Time, Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball, Stephen Universe, Over the Garden WallAdult Swim
Cartoon Network's teen/adult spinoff. Started by subverting some of the less remembered Hanna-Barbera shows, and then started producing material of their ownWorks of Note:
Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Harvey Birdman, Sealab 2021, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Venture Brothers, Metalocalypse, Moral Orel, Too Many CooksNickelodeon
A major contributor to 90's animated nostalgia. More about sitcoms these days, but it has a remarkably well budgeted show in Avatar.Works of Note:
Rugrats, Hey Arnold, Ahh Real Monsters, Ren & Stimpy, Kablam!, Invader Zim, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Avatar: The Legend of KorraAardman
Upstart little British Claymation studio. Compared to other studios haven't produced much, but are fondly remembered.Works of Note:
Wallace & Gromit, Creature Comforts, Chicken Run, Rex the RuntTwentieth Century Fox
Has its own thread, so you can read up on them there.
Now this OP only scratches the surface of stuff to look at. If you're looking for more information on what to watch, especially on less famous stuff, I recommend http://comraderecs.tumblr.com
. Yes, it has its roots in 4chan - but no actual links to 4chan, so don't worry - but the recommendations are pretty solid from my perspective. Also nominate creative works I've missed out on for inclusion in the OP. Enjoy!