Category Archives: Drawn animation

The Mighty Crank Handle

Guest post by Paul Thomas. I sent a friend request to The Hare And The Moon, a psychedelic folk band I had discovered on MySpace. They replied with interest and an appreciation of my work. Band member Grey Malkin and I began corresponding. I had an ambitious book project. Its roots lay in a small… Read More »

Ogilvy and Aardman shake up the traditional laundry product demo

Ogilvy, in collaboration with the Aardman animation studio, has redefined the product demo for Unilever’s laundry brand Persil. Children and adults alike were treated to a first-of-its-kind animation entitled ‘Monster Stains’, when it launched in cinemas and online this week. To demonstrate Persil’s stain removal power, Ogilvy came up with the innovative idea of creating… Read More »

Bad Penguin on a mission to preserve traditional 2D animation


Bad Penguin

“Once upon a time, in a far away land, cartoons were drawn by hand. Teams of artists painstakingly illustrated cartoons frame-by-frame, creating lavish worlds and colors only previously seen in imagination. In today’s computer world, this craft is all but forgotten,” writes British Academy Award winning animator and author, Tony White.

Disney animator David Hand’s influence on New Zealand animation


The book of keys.

Disney animator David Hand was invited to England in 1944 to help set up GB Animation. It was to be a studio of sufficient size and capacity with which to challenge Disney’s supremacy. Key drawings and character sheets believed to be by David Hand were later taken to New Zealand by animator Bob Morrow, with the aim of setting up a studio there. Mitchell Manuel tells the story in the following guest post.