The Magical Appeal of Animation

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It’s no secret that kids love animation. From big screen hits like Toy Story to TV cartoons like Spongebob Squarepants, animation is one of the most popular entertainment media for kids. So much so that digital animation is the second most popular type of movie in 2015, behind live action movies!

While your kid can probably recite all the lyrics to Frozen, they may also be interested in animation as a future career path. We know from first-hand experience– our CEO Justin founded Youth Digital partly because he wanted to be an animator as a kid! “When I was young I dreamed of working for Pixar. Animation seemed to be a way to bring my ideas and drawings to life in a way that was almost magical,” he said.

So, after Youth Digital was launched, of course we created courses to teach future animators the foundational knowledge they would need to pursue their dream careers! 3D Animation 1 was launched in June 2014, and we just released 3D Character Animation 1 as a way for students to further enrich their knowledge of animation!

But why should parents encourage their kids’ affinity for animation? It may seem like a far-fetched dream, but did you know that, on average, over 600 animators and artists work on a single animated film? There are dozens of different jobs required to produce a single movie! From lighting artists to technical animators to texture artists, it takes a variety of niche animation skills for major studios like Pixar and DreamWorks to produce a single film.

So if your kid is interested in becoming an animator, you can encourage their passion by enrolling them in an online course in animation, or using free online resources like DreamWorks Create, to give them a head start with animation concepts and software.

Even if your kid does not go on to pursue animation as a career, they will have learned a number of helpful skills that will aid them in school and the future. Not only does animation encourage kids to use their creativity and imaginations, but it also teaches the importance of attention to detail, patience and concentration, and solid computer skills.

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