How Cartoons Are Made (director's cut)

Learn how cartoons are made? No, it's a parody! Okay, really, in this whiteboard animation we offer a tongue-in-cheek glimpse at the process of creating an animated cartoon from script to screen.

  • Artie Romero
    Director
    Johnny Mnemonic (1995), Lost (1983)
  • Scott Jessop
    Writer
    Alien Seed (1989)
  • Artie Romero
    Producer
    Adventures of Turtle Taido (2015-2020), Beasts (1983)
  • Ron Hayden
    Key Cast
    “Narrator”
    Edward Lear's Nonsense Stories
  • Chris Hardy
    Key Cast
    “Drowning man”
    The Adventures of BonoboJoe (2014)
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short, Web / New Media
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 9 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 24, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 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
  • Druk International Film Festival 2020
    Paro
    Bhutan
    September 30, 2020
    Best Comedy Short
  • World Film Carnival - Singapore
    Singapore
    Singapore
    December 12, 2020
    Best Animated Film
  • American Golden Picture International Film Festival
    Jacksonville, Florida
    United States
    October 3, 2020
    Best Animated Short
  • Top Indie Film Awards
    Tokyo
    Japan
    January 15, 2019
    Official Selection
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 Animation Day at Cannes Film Festival.

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."