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 as 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 behind 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 in every continent.

We watch so many animated contents 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.

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.

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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.

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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 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 Celebration

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

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

Animation Thoughts

“Animation is not the art of drawings that move but the art of movements that are drawn.”

– Norman McLaren

“Nothing’s occurring in animation – you manufacture everything.” – Gore Verbinski

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“If you’re sitting in your minivan, playing your computer-animated films for your children in the back seat, is it the animation that’s entertaining you as you drive and listen? No, it’s the storytelling. That’s why we put so much importance on the story. No amount of great animation will save a bad story.”

– John Lasseter

“What I love most about animation is, it’s a team sport, and everything we do is about pure imagination.”

– Jeffrey Katzenberg

“I am an animator. I feel like I’m the manager of an animation cinema factory. I am not an executive. I’m rather like a foreman, like the boss of a team of craftsmen. That is the spirit of how I work.”

– Hayao Miyazaki

“Doing animation is closer to pretending than anything else you get to do. It’s much more like when you’re a kid putting on a character.”

– Diedrich Bader

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. We hope you liked it as this is something which every animator and everyone else who loves cartoons should know. Please share your views in the comments below

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.


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