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Making 'Toons That Sell Without Selling Out by Bill Plympton

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Chapter 13

ADVICE TO YOUNG ANIMATORS

In 1990, when I started to create The Tune, I didn’t really realize that I’d be ushering in a revolution in independent animation.

To me, it was quite an ordeal creating all of the drawings and hand-coloring each one. There must have been about 25,000 individual drawings.

Now, of course, kids can put together long animated films on their Macs. Anyone who knows Flash can make a feature film in their spare time. I think that’s terrific! What this world needs is more animated films. In the first Golden Age, we’d be lucky to get one feature every three years; now, we get to see two or three new features a month. I love it! All those different ideas, techniques, and stories: I’m in heaven.

I’ve created a genre—Indie ...

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