Cel (or traditional) animation explained: definition, types and methods.
Disney delighted generations of fans with its cel animation films throughout the 20th century. The hand-drawn traditional animation technique revolutionised the look and feel of cinema. But what is cel animation all about and how does it work? Get the full lowdown with our expert guide.
What is cel (or traditional) animation?
Cel animation is one of the most traditional forms of animation and involves objects - usually characters - being hand-drawn on clear celluloid sheets and placed over painted backgrounds. These are known as animated cels or animation cels.
Huge teams vs smaller teams.
Films created using traditional animation and animated cels needs heaps of resource. With every frame drawn by hand, productions would need lots of animators. Production companies could create CGI films with far fewer people in far less time.