Animation as an art form has the ability to tell a story with a wide range of emotions and information. As an animator, you can convey a wide range of motions and connect the story together. Each frame is a dot and within a second, you can turn those dots into a line. My experience with animation started as early as the flipbooks. I started with a series of static pictures, drawn across various frames, you could get the characters to move and perhaps tell an entire story if you wanted to.
When did Animation begin?
Though there isn’t a single specific source. It is quoted by many outlets that Animation developed in the early 1900s. The first animated feature film was made in 1918. However, there are animations discovered before 1910. Everything changed when celluloid was introduced in 1913. Walt Disney was the first one to add sound to animation which premiered with steamboat Willie in 1928. Ten years later, he followed it up with a full-length feature – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Now, that we’ve learned enough about the history of this amazing story-telling format. Let’s dive deep into one of the biggest animation communities on the internet – r/animation.
My recent experience on r/animation
My recent experience on r/animation was quite a quirky one. I have no clue how the post made it past the moderation. But it was worth it. A post titled as ‘’Cute animation’’ was uploaded by u/Framesequence. What you see in that video is not cute at all. Each frame is filled with a visual double entendre. Though the animation does look cute, the content is quirky as hell. The post attracted more than 3,700 upvotes and shocked more than 190 users who were expressing their disbelief over what they saw.
About r/animation – Community & Members
r/animation is a community where you can find news, short stories, and everything else related to the world of animation. One of my favorites content buckets on this subreddit is user creatives. This community never ceases to amaze me. With over 160,000 members, r/animation has 350-700 active members at any given time. Though the growth rate has been slow considering that it started its journey 12 years ago, you can give that a pass considering the quality of content you get on the subreddit.
If you love animation, flipbooks, stories, new software or sketch work, you’d have a gala time on this subreddit. It is filled with talented artworks and has enough content to inspire you if you’re an animator. Whether you want to check modern animation standards or what’s trending and creative, you’ll find it all on this platform.
How to access r/animation?
If you’re already a Reddit member, you can simply type ‘r/animation’ in your search bar and join the subreddit. However, if you aren’t well-versed with Reddit and are not present on the platform. You’ll need to create an account and confirm your email address. Once you do so, you’ll be able to follow subreddits, comment on posts, and even post anything on any of the subreddits.
Moderators of r/animation
Though r/animation has just 160,000 members, it’s not a small community. In fact, it’s one of the biggest animation communities out there. More than 15,000 users are active daily, and they are constantly updating and interacting with the content on the platform. Thus, it’s no surprise that the subreddit has quite a few moderators to keep everything in check.
At the time of writing this review, I found nine mods on r/animation – ‘unfortunatejordan’, ‘jaxspider’, ‘fluffkomix’, ‘AutoModerator’, ‘Umbresp’, ‘GoldforthePoor’, ‘deliteplays’, ‘AnimationBot’, and ‘SwiftOracle’.
Why should you follow r/animation?
I don’t have words to describe the awesomeness and creativity you’ll find in this community. From rotoscoping to 2D/3D animation, you’ll find everything on this platform. There are 15-year old animators, who are creating mind-boggling content. The only thing I don’t like about this community is that the effort is too underrated. I saw this amazing animation which would easily attract 1000+ upvotes on other anime platforms but on r/animation it just had 35 upvotes. Maybe it’s the amazing creativity and content volume on this platform that leads to saturation.
As mentioned above, I am not amazed by the engagement in this community. Sure, it’s not dormant, but given the time and effort people take to create such amazing art, I believe that it should get more recognition. The upvote rate is abysmal and the overall engagement rate is underwhelming. On average, a regular post receives about 10-15 upvotes with the top post of the day bagging anywhere between 300-500 votes. As for comments, 5-10 is an average number you’ll find on r/animation.
Browsing & Navigation
Only a few hundred members are active on r/animation. That’s a blessing in disguise because that prevents the page from lagging. Having said that, this page does have a lot of short HQ videos and thus, it’s hard to watch videos on a data connection. I’d recommend you only browse and watch content if you have an active WiFi connection. Other than these content forms, you’ll also find polls regarding 2D and 3D animation.
It’s unimaginable how such amazing content is unable to capture the audience of this community. It’s not that every post goes unnoticed. But the Reddit gold distribution in regard to creativity is quite less. And that’s understandable because of high content standards on this page. I browsed through 30-50 top posts from the past month, and I was just able to find 2-3 golds across various posts. Since the comment section and threads weren’t deep, it was easy to find the lack of gold on this subreddit.
Filter by flair
An aspect that I do appreciate on this thread is the ‘Filter by flair’ option. Using these tags, you can find content that you’re interested in. For instance, if you want to share your artwork, you can bill it under ‘Sharing’ flair. Similarly, if you want to ask a question, you can choose the ‘Question flair’. As for options, you can choose between six different flairs – ‘Megathread’, ‘Sharing’, ‘Beginner’, ‘Critique’, ‘Discussion’, and ‘Question’.
Important rules you must know before joining r/animation?
The rules of r/animation aren’t complex. If you want to become a part of this community, just make sure that you follow the guideline set by the mods. The only requirement of being an active member of this subreddit is to not indulge in content theft. You can share work done by others, but you must give credit for it and not own the content. If you share a post and don’t credit the original creator, it can lead to a Permaban.
I like the simplicity of this page. It has a unique icon and a distinctive pink cover image. Sure, it’s nowhere near r/DC_Cinematic, but it’s still decent. At least it doesn’t sport the standard Saturn logo as opted for by other subreddits. Apart from the color combination, everything else on the page features a standard Reddit layout. You have your usual sorting categories, and a sidebar filled with options such as ‘Filter by Flair’, ‘Rules’, and a couple of banner ads.
Most Upvoted Content on this subreddit:
1. I’m Butch Hartman, creator of The Fairly Oddparents. And this is a never-been-seen pic of Chester’s mom… – 11,900 upvotes
2. Animating a laundry basket – 8,600 upvotes
3. My work got stolen – 5,500 upvotes
4. Since I can’t work due to lockdown, I decided to dip my toe into something really time-consuming, so I tried animating. The first layer is done. – 4,100 upvotes
5. I made a big flipbook during quarantine – 3,800 upvotes
Most Upvoted Content 2020:
1. Cute animations – 3,700 upvotes
2. I just wanted to practice her tentacle-leg animation and got carried away – 3,600 upvotes
3. This is the result of one month in quarantine. I taught myself toon boom and After-Effects just for this – 3,400 upvotes
4. I made a big flipbook (music by Corbin) – 3,200 upvotes
5. Here’s an animation I did! I am a 15-year-old animator who uses her phone to animate! – 2,700 upvotes
I really admire the efforts and in-depth attention to detail to make sure everything looks perfect and that’s the reason why I love r/animation. The only change I’d wish to see is an increase in the engagement on the page per post. That’s all. As an animator or a person who loves animation, you’d fall in love with this subreddit instantly.