There were days when animation happened on papers, by drawing. Artists sat for hours and draw the pictures, by hand, each and every frame, before they could be put in motion for our eyes. Then came time of "stop motion animation", putting and moving objects. Much harder than it actually seems. But with the invention of computers, things started changing. But did it really become easier? Or much more complex, creating and generating true to life images. Or bringing to life things that we could just imagine. As a kid, we just enjoyed all those cartoons, animation and stuff but now you may wonder how those marvels really come true. Well, now you can learn about it!

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present “An Animation Showcase: From Celluloid to CGI,” an animation series that takes place April 24 – May 29, 2015, in New York.  Aimed at highlighting the techniques that make up the craft of animation, the program will use a variety of panels and screenings to explain and explore hand-drawn, stop-motion and CGI animation.

The series will open with a presentation featuring the animation studio LAIKA’s creative team behind the Academy Award-nominated “Coraline” (2009), “ParaNorman” (2012) and “The Boxtrolls” (2014).  The showcase will also include an anniversary screening of Disney’s “Pinnochio,” a conversation with members of Blue Sky Studios about their CGI work, a program on the history of silent animation in New York, and will close with a sneak preview of Disney-Pixar’s upcoming film “Inside Out.”

For up to date information on “An Animation Showcase: From Celluloid to CGI,” and to purchase tickets please visit our event pages:

April 24: The Nuts and Bolts of Stop Motion: The Artistry and Ingenuity of LAIKA

May 9: The 75th Anniversary Screening of  PINOCCHIO

May 12: The Anatomy of an Animation Studio: An Evening with Blue Sky

May 19: The History of Silent and Early Sound New York Animation

May 29: A Sneak Peek of Disney-Pixar’s INSIDE OUT (at the School for the Visual Arts)