2D animation includes drawn animation, cartoon animation, anime, and cutout animation. It can be made either by hand, using digital tools or a combination of the two. For example drawn on paper or drawn on a graphics tablet, made with software that will allow for digital ‘tweening’, using cutouts in a stop motion method or with software to move each moving part.

I have differentiated it from Motion Graphics where the objects will move but not transform to the degree of 2D animation. However the two are often used together, which can make it hard for the average viewer to tell them apart. The two terms are often confused by clients, hence there is plenty of confusion on the internet about what these two things actually are.

Masters of 2D Hand Drawn Animation

Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Richard Williams

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Richard Williams - The Thief and The Cobbler

The Thief and the Cobbler – the greatest film never made?

The unseen directors cut The great unfinished feature film of Richard Williams. Made over a period of 25 (or more) ...
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Making drawn animation on paper

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Learn to animate wings – discovering wing movement, part 1

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