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International Animation Day

Celebrate International Animation Day with your favorite animated characters! Watch old classics or discover some new favorites - it's time to get creative!
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October 28
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Introduction

Get ready to celebrate International Animation Day on October 28th! This special day was created in 2002 by ASIFA (Association Internationale du Film d'Animation) to recognize the art of animation and its importance in film, television, gaming, and other forms of entertainment. From traditional drawings to 3D computer graphics - animation has come a long way since it began over 100 years ago. So let's get creative this year and come up with some new ideas for our favorite animated characters!

History of International Animation Day

International Animation Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1892</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Birth of Animation</div><div class='timeline-text'>French scientist Charles-Émile Reynaud debuted Pantomimes Lumineuses, the first projected animation, in France.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1928</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Mickey Mouse Debut</div><div class='timeline-text'>Walt Disney releases "Steamboat Willie", introducing the world to Mickey Mouse, one of the most iconic animated characters.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1937</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Feature-Length Animation</div><div class='timeline-text'>Disney releases "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," the first full-length animated film, marking a milestone in animated film history.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1986</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Pixar Revolution</div><div class='timeline-text'>Pixar releases "Luxo Jr.", the first 3D computer animated film, heralding in a new era of animation.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2002</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Birth of International Animation Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>ASIFA (Association Internationale du Film d'Animation) establishes International Animation Day to honor and celebrate the art form.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate International Animation Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Watch an animated movie</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Choose a classic or new animated movie to spend the night watching with friends or family.  For the classics, pick up a copy of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs or Fantasia.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Create your own animation</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take out your phone, laptop, tablet and give animation a try. Use any drawing app or animation software and create your own cartoon character.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit an animation museum</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Look for museums dedicated to animation nearby.  These places often feature exhibits about the origins of different styles of animation and can be great sources of education.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Attend an animation festival</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Many cities host annual animation festivals where you can watch all types of animated films, meet filmmakers, and learn more about the industry.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Hold an Animation Night</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather your friends and family together for an evening full of animations. Pop some popcorn, put on your favorite animated movie, take turns drawing cartoons and play fun games related to animations.</p></div></div>

Why We Love International Animation Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Animation is fun and creative</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Animation can be a great way to express your creativity. Whether you're making a short film or creating your own video game, animation lets you bring your ideas to life in a fun and unique way. Plus, it's a great way to get the whole family involved, since everyone can have a chance to contribute!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Animations are universally relatable</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>No matter where you come from or what language you speak, animations can bridge the gap between people of different cultures. They tell stories that are entertaining, educational and meaningful, with visuals that are engaging and eye-catching. Thus, they can serve as an important tool for connecting people around the world!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Animation inspires imagination</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Good animations can grab our attention and help us escape into another world - if only for a few minutes. It gives us the opportunity to explore new places and characters without ever leaving the comfort of our couches. So let International Animation Day be the perfect reminder to leave reality behind and embrace our imaginations!</p></div></div>

Unveiling 5 Unexpected International Animation Day Facts

International Animation Day FAQs

When is International Animation Day?

International Animation Day is celebrated on October 28 every year. In 2024 International Animation Day will occur on a Monday.

International Animation Day Dates

Year
Date
Day

2023

Oct 28

Saturday

2024

Oct 28

Monday

2025

Oct 28

Tuesday

2026

Oct 28

Wednesday

2027

Oct 28

Thursday

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