How to Make an Animated Cartoon

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Making an animated cartoon requires a huge amount of paper--1,440 pieces of paper per minute of animation--as well as an animation disk and basic art supplies. Gather the proper materials to create an animated cartoon with helpful information from a writer, director and animator in this free video on cartoon animation.

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If you want to create your own animated cartoon the first thing you'll need is a story. That's the basis of any good, of any good cartoon. After that you are going to have to get different, different supplies to make this cartoon. If you are going to do a traditionally drawn cartoon you are going to need lots of paper an animation disk or you know a drawing board to put this on, and whatever materials, art materials to finalize your drawings. Whether you are going to do painted cells or pastel on paper, or markers. There are so many different media you can use and remember for each minute of film it's one thousand four hundred and forty drawings. So you got, alright for a five or six minute cartoon you are talking close to ten thousand different images that you are going to be creating. If you are going to have voices in your cartoon, record them first, because you want to give your actors the freedom to act. And to ad lib and to come up with funnier lines then maybe the ones you wrote. And that way you animate your character to the performance that's already been given. This is an animation disk, and you'll see how the, there's pegs and holes to hold your paper still and that way you'll know each drawing is in the same place. And it doesn't shake all around when you go to film it. And you can buy specially punched paper that's got matching holes in it. You can see this is called inbetweening what I'm doing. I'm drawing one, and this is the middle drawing, and this is the drawing at the end so I flipped them back and forth and I can watch this kid's head turn. And notice how his hair, it kind of remains, it still going in this direction while he turns his head, that's called drag. When something moves it doesn't always go there at the same time. Like when flag is blowing and you are waving it around and the part that doesn't move as fast is called drag. And the looser the object is the more drag it will have. I'm having him close, blink while he turns his head like something caught his attention there. And then I can stack these in the right order, flip them like that. If I wanted to slow him down I'd just go back and put some more drawings in between, in between these.


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