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Animation Industry Leaders

Animation Industry Leaders

Animation is the rapid display of 2-D or 3-D artwork to create an illusion of movement. This type of production is not a new concept to the film industry. Animators who contributed their talents to this field in the early 1900s include Stuart Blackton, pioneer of stop-motion techniques, Winsor McCay who set the animation standards used by Disney, and Emile Cohl, known as the “father of the animated cartoon.”

From these pioneers we now have distinguished corporations recognized as the animation industry leaders. Three of the most recognized are Disney, Pixar and DreamWorks. Walt Disney Studios is an American studio that was founded in 1923. The first full-length animated feature, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” was presented in 1938 in full color. Other popular and well-known products from Disney include the highly loved Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto, Belle, Hercules and Winnie the Pooh characters. Disney’s 50th animated motion picture, “Tangled” was in theatres on November 24, 2010. Disney Studios has had television satellite operations in Australia and Paris in addition to their many facets of operation in the United States.

Pixar Pixar Animation Studios is a computer film studio that began in 1979, but catapulted to success after its purchase by then Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Their first feature film was “Toy Story” in 1995, with “A Bug’s Life” following in 1998. Pixar has produced “Finding Nemo,” “Cars,” “The Incredibles” and “Ratatouille” which have all been favorites of the general public. With films grossing over $600 million on average, Pixar is by far the highest grossing studio in the industry. After heavy negotiations spanning years, Pixar was acquired by Disney in May of 2006. Steve Jobs, with over 50% ownership of Pixar, became Disney’s largest shareholder with 7% of the corporation’s shares.

A third company known for leading animation trends is DreamWorks, which has gained a devoted following for producing top-level entertainment with a comedic sensibility that is enjoyed and appreciated by all age groups. One of the best-known animated films for DreamWorks is “Shrek 2″ which was the third highest money-making film of all time, a superior accomplishment.

With computer technology advances on the rise, there is no doubt that animation trends will soar to unbelievable heights. Continued use of satellites, 3-dimensional software and animation institutes to progress learning and broaden the possibilities for animation are all equally important in this fast-growing and competitive industry. With the spectacular production of “Avatar,” animation trends continue to exceed expectations and increase viewer delight. The future is in the hands of those in the industry and the next-generation animators that will succeed them.

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