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Featured Career: Cartoon Animator

Cartoon Animator

The technological world is constantly evolving and expanding. Hand-drawn cartoons have become rare in the movie world, but that was not the case in 1908 when the father of animation, French cartoonist and animator Émile Cohl, gave birth to the first 2d animated film, called "Fantasmagurie." He did this by using thousands of drawings of a particular figure to create a 70-second film.

2D Cartoon

Since then, several unforgettable animated films have been made, like Disney's Steamboat Willie in 1928, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and Fantasia. The last hand-drawn animated film, Winnie the Pooh, was released in 2011. Although the film industry uses less 2D animation, it doesn't mean there isn’t still loads of work for 2D animators, just more in the massive market of mobile gaming, commercials, or TV series and less in films.

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3D Cartoon

With technology constantly maturing, 3D animations have become more popular. This can be observed via the several cartoons, series, & movies that have converted to Computer Generated Imagery(CGI) animation. At-present, animators create special effects, animation, or other visual images using computers or additional electronic tools for products and/or creations. Companies like Pixar created an entire business out of the art of 3D animation and on November 22, 1995, Pixar released the first computer-animated film, Toy Story.

Illustrator drawing

Half of all animators are self-employed and work from home. One way to get established as a cartoon animator, also known as multimedia artists or motion graphics specialists, is to become a freelancer. Create a portfolio containing your best pieces of work and maintain a website that showcases your talent. While some freelance cartoon animators never attend a formal education program, obtaining essential career skills by completing a bachelor's degree is an option. Strong art and computer skills, as well as interpersonal skills, are crucial assets to have. Prospective students are typically expected to have completed a bachelor's degree with at least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA for admission to a master's level program, which can cost between $10,000 to $40,000 per year.

Graphic Design

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), most multimedia artists and animators work in the motion picture and video industry. Animators can also work in business office settings, such as publishing companies or advertising agencies. The annual median income of salaried multimedia artists and animators as of 2018 was $72,520. Employment of special effects artists and animators was projected to grow 4 percent between 2019 and 2029, which is determined by the demand for animation and visual effects in video games, movies, and television. It's safe to say that video games, movies, and television don't seem to be going anywhere in the future, so there should be a constant job demand.


If creating narrative sequences by combining artistic skills with talents in many areas, such as comedy, drama, advertising, and computer modeling sounds exciting and thrilling, then working as a cartoon animator may be just the job for you. You can be the one that paves the path towards a new and intriguing type of animation. "If you can dream it, you can do it." — Walt Disney

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