Mar 15, 2021

3 things you didn’t know about animation

Okay, let’s be honest about it! We all love animations. Whether it is kids watching Peppa Pig or grown-ups glued to Simpsons. There is something special about animation that catches our fancy.

You know what, I can still watch Tom & Jerry alone even though I am a dad of two. Such is the captivative power of animations.

I am sure though, that most of us would have never imagined the following unbelievable facts about animation that I am going to share with you today.


Oldest form of animation = 5200 years ago!

If I asked you, “What was the oldest form of animation?”

The chances are high that you would mention the flipbook style of animation where a book containing a series of sketches is flipped to give an impression of animation. Which is, by all means, great!

But if you think of animation as a series of pictures depicting motion, let me take you to Iran of olden days where a pottery bowl was discovered with five sequential images painted around it depicting a goat leaping towards a tree.

If this is not enough to considered animation, check out the following mural showing the art of wrestling from an Egyptian burial chamber almost 40 centuries old.


1 second of animation = brand new Mercedes GLA car!

Animation can be very expensive depending on the technology used and the desired quality of the movie.

The sheer amount of computers and specialist software used form the major chunk of the cost added to the salary of the experts creating the animation.

The most expensive animation movie so far has been Tangled (2010) by Disney. To make each second of the movie, it cost around £32,000 which is almost the price of a brand new Mercedes GLA car in 2020.


100 minutes of animation movie = 1 full-time dentist degree

In the UK, dentistry is one of the hardest medical degrees which takes at least 5 years and it takes roughly the same amount of time to finish a regular animation movie with a complete army of experienced animators.

Add some special futuristic animation features in the movie and it could even take up to 7 years, which is the same time as sailing around the world on a leisure holiday trip, stopping at places, twice!

Hope you enjoyed these lesser-known facts about animation.

So, what has been your favourite animation movie so far? We would love to hear from you in the comments below.

– Taranjeet Singh

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