Parrish Chang|The Advocate

Animation is something that everyone has seen at some point in their lifetime, whether morning cartoons or any of Disney’s many movies. It’s a powerful tool that can stir up emotions in a person that most live action movies can’t. Animation studios are often really good at blending music with scenes to fully portray the emotion the viewer is supposed to feel at this time.

A very famous scene from Pixar’s “Up” is the cartoonal of Ellie and Carl’s relationship where we get to see them grow

together, over many years . At the start of the scene there is very calming and nice music which makes us feel happy and charmed by their cute interactions and their relationship as a whole. Toward the end of the scene, the music shifts from a major key signature to a minor key signature, and the music takes a slower and more saddened tone as we watch Ellie die, and Carl mourns the loss of the love of his life.

Pixar is known for the powerful and emotional scenes in its pieces of animation. The studio is also known for small animation features that they show before their featured film. These shorts are so popular that some viewers are more excited for them than the actual movie! Even though these animations are called “shorts,” they often have the same powerful emotional impact the full films have.

When most people think of animation, they think of big companies such as Pixar, Disney, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network, but there are small production teams, too.

In 2016 Youtube went through a huge boom of animated creators. While animation was already “a thing” on the platform, something changed that made story-time animated videos jump to the top of the charts.

With creators such as Swoozie, Domics, and TheOdd1sOut, the genre began to slowly expand to many other creators such as Jaiden Animations, Lillymations, Emiirichu, Daidus, Eroldstory, SomethingelseYT, and many others. Even on “let’s play” channels such as Jacksepticeye, Markiplier, and Game Grumps, some of the most viewed videos are ones that fans made an animation of, and have posted.

Animation is really pretty amazing today. It can inspire young artists to push themselves or give writers new ideas of how they can write their stories. Animation is certainly a big part of our, and many other’s, cultures. People often compare and bond over the pieces of animations they’ve seen in their lifetime – it truly is a bridge that connects people of many different kinds together.

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