the Canadian animation achievements

The Canadian animation begins in the early 1910 and evolves greatly until today.  The achievements the Canadians have managed to make set them in one of the leading roles in animation today.

Canadian Raoul Barre introduced the ‘peg bar’ during 1912.  Peg bars are still up until now of great use.  This is because they do a simple, but very important task.  Keeping all of the drawings together so that all the images are at the same place and aren’t moving causing the images to seem as if they are shaking.

Raoul Barre has also introduced the ‘slash system’.  This is the technique of keeping the same background throughout all of your drawings so that you don’t need to draw it over and over again saving you a lot of time.

During this time independent companies  started producing low budget  children’s programs.
After that they started making some bigger productions on tv and also working together with the United States.
Having a very successful production with the ‘inspector gadget’ and the ‘Care Bears’ series; Canada became one of the top suppliers for the American animation industry.  Then came along some other great productions such as ‘Dennis The Menace’ and  ‘For Better or For Worse’.

CGI came out around the 90s with the first computer animated cartoon series to be ‘ReBoot’

Canada is one of the top countries to produce excellent computer software such as Alias/Wavefront’s “Maya” (e.g. used in ‘South Park’) , Toon Boom’s “Harmony” (e.g. used for ‘The Simpsons’) and Side Effects Software’s “Houdini” (e.g. used for ‘Angela Anaconda’)

These Canadian based companies are some of the worlds leading innovators of 2D and 3D graphics technology.  Some excellent examples of their work are the amazing effects added in movies such as Jurassic Park, The Lost World, Titanic, Apollo 13, and The Mask.

Another great achievement is Vancouver’s Vertigo Technology Inc. which is a developed software used extensively by BBC, CNN, MTV, Time Warner and Walt Disney Studios.

Also very well known is the Ottawa International Animation Festival which takes place every fall and welcomes all drawing professional, commercial, independent and amateur animators.


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4 Responses to the Canadian animation achievements

  1. Oh wow, this is very interesting! I didn’t know a lot of these things were thanks to Canada. I personally have watched quite a lot of Canadian television shows, even if I didn’t realise at first when I was younger. They seem to get away with a bit more than on American animated shows, but they have more restrictions to make the shows distinctly “Canadian”, for example, have Canadian flags fly outside schools. The South Park rig was fun to watch too – not my kind of show, but it’s interesting to see how they achieved the cut-out effects of the original pilot using computer software.

    • anastasia says:

      yea its a lot of times that i don’t realise where some things come from; but its very interesting when you actually do find out! i did learn a lot about Canada that i had no idea about before this research; like they made maya! And i found the way they used maya in the south park video very interesting. Reminds you of all the things we still have to learn! I feel like doing extra research about your comment on making their shows distincly Canadian! Sounds pretty cool!

  2. Lovely informative piece, although i thought it was Bray (Felix the cat etc) who introduced the whole only redrawing the animated parts thing?x

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