Ice Queen wrote:
afaik, it used to be done completely by hand using transparencies, but nowadays is drawn with software using a process reminiscent of 3D animation, but their system works entirely with 2D art.
I believe it was futurama that pioneered the technology.
Really? I never considered transparencies at all, although I should have, since I've owned cells on transparencies. I just thought they used those because it was sturdier.
As for computer animation, while it is fascinating, I like traditional animation, at least in the same vein as the Simpsons (the particular episode that goaded that line of thought was "Bart After Dark" from Season 8).
So did they really animate thousands upon thousands of transparencies to get that look? If so, wow!