What is animation?

  • (noun): The property of being able to survive and grow.
    Synonyms: vitality
    See also — Additional definitions below


Animation is the rapid display of a sequence of images to create an illusion of movement. The most common method of presenting animation is as a motion picture or video program, although there are other methods. This type of presentation is usually accomplished with a camera and a projector or a computer viewing screen which can rapidly cycle through images in a sequence. Animation can be made with either hand rendered art, computer generated imagery, or three-dimensional objects, e.g. puppets or clay figures, or a combination of techniques. The position of each object in any particular image relates to the position of that object in the previous and following images so that the objects each appear to fluidly move independently of one another. The viewing device displays these images in rapid succession, usually 24, 25 or 30 frames per second.

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Animation - Awards
... As with any other form of media, animation too has instituted awards for excellence in the field ... The original awards for animation were given out by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for animated shorts from the year 1932, during the 5th Academy Awards function ... Goya Award for Best Animated Film (since 1989), Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year (since 2007) ...
Ghost In The Shell: S.A.C. 2nd GIG - Reception
... Patricio of IGN rated the first DVD volume 9/10 praised the animation stating,"Artwork is richer this is easily the best-looking anime Production I.G ... Animation is more complex and fluid, although it's still a little jerky, which is common in TV shows." Joe Luscik of Animefringe ranked the series 4.5 out of 5 ...
A Bug's Life
... comedy-adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and directed by John Lasseter ... The ants in the film were re-designed to be more appealing, and Pixar's animation unit employed new technical innovations in computer animation ... The film received positive reviews from film critics, who commended the storyline and animation ...

More definitions of "animation":

  • (noun): The making of animated cartoons.
  • (noun): The condition of living or the state of being alive.
    Synonyms: life, living, aliveness
  • (noun): General activity and motion.
    Synonyms: liveliness