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What Is 2D Animation Compared to 3D Animation?
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What Is 2D Animation Compared to 3D Animation?

Luckily for us, we can be fooled. Otherwise, we’d see animated movies for what they are: still pictures appearing and disappearing, one after another.

Even with the help of advanced computers, making a “Shrek” or “Toy Story” may take four years! Find out why, and what happens when human characters are TOO realistic.

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Brave New Hair

Brave New Hair

Getting hair to look right in a movie like Brave is, well, hair-raising. Get the details and watch the first video to get a real feel for how today's animated features are made. More...

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fxguide.com
Scientist Profile: Game Designer

Scientist Profile: Game Designer

Meet Xbox game designer David Ortiz, who works with coaches and players in the NFL to turn game day plays into life-like computer animation. More...

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DragonflyTV/PBS
Production Process

Production Process

No wonder making a feature film takes about 4 years, even with sophisticated computers. Animators must design every movement of every eyebrow, every leaf and shadow. More...

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DreamWorks Animation
Meet Joe Daniels, Computer Animator

Meet Joe Daniels, Computer Animator

Learn from a successful computer animator what life is like in his field, how people break in, and how you could start preparing now. More...

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MyCoolJob.org
Animation Basics: The Optical Illusion of Motion

Animation Basics: The Optical Illusion of Motion

So how does animation work, anyway? Why don't we just see a bunch of still images parading before our eyes? More...

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TED-Ed
Evolved Virtual Creatures

Evolved Virtual Creatures

Can you have animations without animators? Yes. No one made these creatures. They evolved in a computer. Over many generations, those that were better at some task survived and reproduced. More...

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Siggraph Animations
NASA Sun-Earth Video Wins International Visualization Challenge

NASA Sun-Earth Video Wins International Visualization Challenge

Some computer animators show us science instead of superheroes. This NASA simulation won a major prize for turning mathematical models of the sun and its effect on the Earth into stunning images. More...

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Space.com
Why Human Replicas Creep Us Out

Why Human Replicas Creep Us Out

With animators and computers getting so good, you might think they'll soon be turning out super-lifelike human characters. Actually, they already have, and audiences hated it. More...

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Discovery
5m80

5m80

An extraordinary French animator has finally answered the question, What do giraffes do in their spare time? Don't miss this CG masterpiece by Nicolas Deveaux. More...

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Cube Creative
Glimpses: The Uncanny Valley

Glimpses: The Uncanny Valley

Dive deeper in the concept known as the uncanny valley with this in-depth look at the science behind roboticist Doctor Masahiro Mori’s thesis. More...

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Dave Bryant

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