International Animation Day is celebrated on October 28th in the USA, and is a reminder of the simple joy of watching cartoons as a child. Nowadays, cartoons are enjoyed not only by children, but also adults, and it is often hard to tell who needs them more!
International Animation Day was founded in 2002 by the Association Internationale du Film d’Animation. The date of October 28th was chosen to commemorate the first public presentation of a cartoon, “Pantomimes Lumineuses”, which was shown at the Grevin Museum in Paris.
There are several types of animation, the most recognizable being classic (2D) animation. This requires careful rendering of individual frames, as it does not include modern digital tools. 3D animation gives a more realistic look to the image, while stop animation combines the images of stationary elements in a certain sequence, giving the illusion of movement.
- “Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs” was drawn in 1937, and Walt Disney was awarded 8 Oscars for his work.
- Tom and Jerry were originally named Jasper and Jinx.
- Mickey Mouse was originally planned to be a frog by Disney.
- Plasticine cartoons required a lot of work, but are now replaced by modern technology.
- “Beauty and the Beast” was released in 1991 and is considered a true masterpiece.
How to take part
Take some time to watch the cartoon you loved as a child. Invite friends to join you and share the session with them. Look into attending any International Animation Day events in your city. Finally, why not try and create your own masterpiece by downloading a special program and getting creative?
When is International Animation Day celebrated in 2023?
International Animation Day is observed on October 28 each year.