International Animation Day – A Special Day In Life Of Animators And Artists

We all love Animation. Right? From our childhood, till we grow old, we just never forget these cartoons and animations. But Do you know, Which date is called International Animation Day? Guess what, Not many people know the answer to this question. So without wasting your time, let me tell you the answer.

Well, The answer to this question is 28 October. This day is remembered for celebrating and recognizing the artists, and the technicians who are working in the animation industry.

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International Animation Day

This day (28 October) was proclaimed in 2002 by the ASIFA (International Animated Film Association) member of UNESCO to celebrate the art of animation. This event has been celebrated all over the world, in more than 50 different countries on every continent. We watch so much animated content in form of TV Ads, Animation movies, Video games, and much more. Now there is a day called Animation Day specially dedicated to the people who are working behind on these animated projects.

During International Animation Day, many animated movies are screened and many workshops are organized with technical demonstrations, and promoting the art of animation also takes place.

John Halas stated, “we consider animation as a universal expression which is capable of immense contribution if given a chance.”

Full-length animation films, historical features, animated shorts, and student films, all variety of animation art are shown in the workshops. These films display an extraordinary range of techniques – drawing, painting, animating puppets and objects, using clay, sand, paper, and computer. Because many animated films are non-verbal, it is a rich opportunity for cross-cultural expression and communication.

Regina Pessoa is a Portuguese Animator. Her short animated film, “Kali, the Little Vampire” was awarded the Hiroshima prize at the 2012 Hiroshima international animation festival.

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Full-length animation films, short animation movies, many student films are shown to the audience. Also, These animated movies display and different kinds of techniques like drawing, painting, animating puppets and objects, computer work, clay animation, sand animation, some paperwork, and art form.

International Animation Day includes an impressive range of approaches, techniques, and goals. Created by drawing, painting, animating puppets and objects, using clay, sand, paper, and computer art form, working with multiple narratives and non-narratives, reflecting a diversity of themes and performances, presented on a variety of platforms. Thus, October 28 becomes a memorable day for all animators, VFX artists, storyboard artists, and animation directors where they meet, learn and network with each other.

Optical Theater (History Of Animation)

History of animation revolves around, Theatre Optique animated moving picture system invented by Emile Reynaud. it was a machine that used a projector and mirrors to create images on a screen. The images were painted on a ribbon wound into a spool.

Charles-Émile_Reynaud was the guy who created the first animated screening. Reynaud showed 3 cartoons during the show. Each cartoon was 15 minutes long and was created by putting together about 600 individually drawn images on the ribbon. So, Theatre Optique was a great machine that was used to feel animation and art form during that time.

Animation Day Quotes

“Animation can explain whatever the mind of man can conceive. This facility makes it the most versatile and explicit means of communication yet devised for quick mass appreciation.”

–Walt Disney 

“One of the things that we were trying to do with this show was the complexities of relationships and love. There is both passion and longing and a bittersweet quality to it that is a part of life.” ―

Tim Burton, Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride: An Invitation to the Wedding

“To be successful in this field, you need to become a problem solver with good observation skills and a desire to create things. You never stop learning in this field. You face new challenges with every new project, many of which require innovative solutions that you must discover on your own.”

― William Vaughan, Digital Modeling

Animation Day includes an impressive range of approaches, techniques, and goals.

Note (as per press release on Iad Asifa): This year, International Animation Day 2020 will be celebrated with the release of Spiritus Mundi: Animating the World as world spirit on October 28.

Did You Know?

Charles-Émile_Reynaud was the first guy behind the first animated screening.

Animation Day Celebration

How to celebrate International Animation Day is very simple. Just follow these and let the word of animation spread among animation lovers.

Asifa poster

To celebrate the 2019 poster created by Giannis Koutsouris, ASIFA Central USA worked together to create a buggy exploration of the weird world of the poster.

  • Watching animated movies and learning the art behind those movies.
  • Encourage the young artists around you and guiding them about a dreamy career in animation.
  • Learning how you can make your own animated movies using just your phone or any other digital device.

International Animated Films

Here is the list of some International best-animated movies. These movies should be must watched on International Animation Day, Also they are very well appreciated by people from all over the world.

  1. “Spirited Away” (2001).
  2. “Fantastic Mr. Fox” (2009).
  3. “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” (2013).
  4. “Finding Nemo” (2003).
  5. “The Wind Rises” (2013).
  6. “WALL-E” (2008).
  7. “Persepolis” (2007).
  8. “World of Tomorrow” (2015).
  9. “Waltz With Bashir” (2008).
  10. “Toy Story 3” (2010).
  11. “Paprika” (2006).
  12. “Up” (2009).
  13. “Coraline” (2009).
  14. “Howl’s Moving Castle” (2004).
  15. “Ratatouille” (2007).
  16. “The Lego Movie” (2014).
  17. “The Triplets of Belleville” (2003).
  18. “Anomalisa” (2015).
  19. “Shaun the Sheep Movie” (2015).
  20. “Sita Sings the Blues” (2008).

Did You Know?

  • The first animated film was Humorous Phases of Funny Faces? It was created by J. Stuart Blackton and came out in 1906.
  • Charles-Émile_Reynaud was the first guy behind the first animated screening.

Final Thoughts.

So, This was the article over International Animation Day. Please read press releases on this topic to widen your knowledge of animation art. And Whether you are an animator, special effects artist or video game artist, share this article with your friends and support each other.

I am a former Animator and Graphic Designer who has worked on many International and Domestic projects and Tv series and E-learning projects. I created Animation Alerts so that people who are struggling to learn animation can learn this craft and grow together.