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The future of the animation industry

Unlike most Hollywood projects, the pandemic didn’t slow down animation productions, yet it’s changing significantly thanks to the internet and a new wave of creators producing your favorite toons.

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The art of animation has made leaps and bounds since first appearing as a novelty act in the early 1900s.

Now, animated films are expected to be both technically and emotionally complex as they explore themes of grief, love, and self-discovery.

All while they appear seamlessly natural and fantastical.

Unlike most Hollywood projects, the pandemic didn’t slow down animation productions, yet it’s changing significantly thanks to the internet and a new wave of creators producing your favorite toons.

What does the future of animation have in store?

And what stories can fans expect in a genre where entire production companies share their ideas across the globe?

This episode of Town Square is guest-hosted by Brenda Valdivia, in for Ernie Manouse.

Below are some examples of animated short films made by students at CalArts:

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