How Cartoons Are Made

Learn how cartoons are made. Okay, really, in this whiteboard animation we take a playful look at the process of creating an animated cartoon from script to screen.

  • Artie Romero
    Director
    Johnny Mnemonic (1995), Lost (1983)
  • Scott Jessop
    Writer
  • Artie Romero
    Producer
    Adventures of Turtle Taido (2015-2016), Johnny Mnemonic (1995), Lost (1983), Beasts (1983)
  • Ron Hayden
    Key Cast
  • Chris Hardy
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Cartoon, Satire, hand drawn
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 9 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 10, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    14,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No

  • United States
Director Biography - Artie Romero

ARG! Cartoon Animation Studio was founded by Artie Romero, who has worked in comic books and animation since the 1970s. He has screen credits on four movies, six TV series and one PBS TV movie. Before entering the animation industry as a director, Artie worked as a comic book artist, editor and publisher.

In 1973 he moved to Colorado Springs and co-founded Everyman Studios, an artists' collective that published alternative newspapers and underground comix. In 1981, Artie moved the studio into commercial animation production, including movie titles and effects, music videos, TV commercials, video games and software. The studio converted to digital production in 1991 and was renamed ARG! Cartoon Animation in 1994.

Artie.com was launched in July, 1996, and quickly became one of the most popular animation sites on the Web. In 2005-2006, the site got one billion hits in a period of just 20 months. The ARG! studio has created more than 40,000 original digital animations for its 700+ clients. He has one Emmy award nomination, and in 2016, his Turtle Taido animated short was screened on Animation Day at Cannes.

Artie continues to work full-time as producer and director at ARG! In 2018, the studio relocated their official site to www.ArtieStick.com.

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Director Statement

"Good animation is not produced by machines or software. It is created by people who have studied life drawing for years, and understand how things look and how they move."