How Cartoons Get Made

Rebecca Sugar, creator of the show Steven Universe, at New York Comic Con 2013 Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage

While some technology has changed over the years, in many ways, the path from an idea to a finished cartoon has remained the same. How does a cartoon come to life, and what does the future hold for animation?

Special Thanks

Many thanks to all of the fantastic guests on this episode: Mike Lazzo, Seth Green, Matt Senreich, Michael Ouweleen, Michael Labrie, Ollie Green, Eric Kaplan, Rob Sorcher, Brian Miller, Ian Jones-Quarty, Jackson Publick, Doc Hammer, Kim Manning, Rebecca Sugar and Linda Simensky

Also, a very special thanks to the Walt Disney Family Museum for graciously letting our team wander around their spectacular San Francisco facility. The museum has a really great exhibit coming up:

Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men: Masters of Animation

Thursday, May 17, 2018–Monday, January 7, 2019

Diane Disney Miller Exhibition Hall

Immerse yourself in the art of Walt Disney’s key animators in the Nine Old Men exhibition. Having worked together on Walt Disney’s seminal films, fromSnow White to The Jungle Book, each of the animators—Les Clark, Marc Davis, Ollie Johnston, Milt Kahl, Ward Kimball, Eric Larson, John Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman, and Frank Thomas—had unique personalities and talents that contributed to a seminal artistic, animation movement. Guest-curated by Academy Award®-nominated producer Don Hahn (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Maleficent), this exhibition showcases personal and never-before-seen selections, including sketchbooks, paintings, photographs, and personal ephemera, alongside original art from the classic films Pinocchio (1940), Bambi (1942), Peter Pan (1953), Lady and the Tramp (1955), and Sleeping Beauty (1959). The exhibition highlights the influence that these nine geniuses had on character animation, which fueled and nurtured the next generation of animators. A selection of work from contemporary animators, influenced by the Nine Old Men, will also be on display. For more information, visit