Animation is the process of creating motion and shape change illusion by means of the rapid display of a sequence of static images that minimally differ from each other. The illusion—as in motion pictures in general—is thought to rely on the phi phenomenon. Animators are artists who specialize in the creation of animation.

Animations can be recorded on either analogue media, such as a flip book, motion picture film, video tape, or on digital media, including formats such as animated GIF, Flash animation or digital video. To display it, a digital camera, computer, or projector are used.

Animation creation methods include the traditional animation creation method and those involving stop motion animation of two and three-dimensional objects, such as paper cutouts, puppets and clay figures. Images are displayed in a rapid succession, usually 24, 25, 30, or 60 frames per second.

This is pure copy and paste from Wikipedia as my body is fighting a massive cold, so here we are 😉

Some additional nice information 😉

Cheatin’, de Bill Plympton is one of the masters in underground animation able to create a film by himself with only 400,00 euros!

Plymptoon Studios is one of those getting well known for the quality they produce, so keep an eye on them 😉

Travis Knight is the creator and CEO of LAIKA a fantastic studio wich is close to win the Oscar with the film Coraline.

Reel F/X is another one that recently produced The Book of Life with the help of the Mexican Director Guillermo del Toro.

Some of the others are Song of the Sea,  The Tale of Princess Kaguya, and  Rock in My Pockets.

I could keep going for days but my eyes keep closing, I hope you will take the time to watch some of them and go further into the animation paradise 😉