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Animation Timeline (2000-2009)
Includes Animation Experiments, Studio and Independent Work, and Cultural Events
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2000 - 2009 A Decade of Global Exchange


Y2K Comes and Goes

  • Year 2000 Problem Wikipedia
  • Peanuts

     Feb. 12, Charles Schultz, the Peanuts creator dies.


     September 11, 2001 - World Trade Center Attack

  • September 11, 2001 News
  • The September 11 Digital Archive
  • CNN Chronology of Terror
  • CNN In Depth Special
  •  Monsters, Inc, Pixar - John Lasseter (Executive Producer), USA, November 2, (1 hr. 46 min.) Monsters, Inc. is a "scare factory" where Sulley and Mike are tasked with scaring children. Children are thought to be toxic to the touch. An uninvited visiter, a tiny girl named Boo, turns the monster world upside down.

  • Pixar Feature Films
  •  Shrek, PDI/Dreamworks SKG - Penney Finkelman Cox (Executive Producer), USA, May 16. Shrek is a green ogre living on his own in a swamp. Shrek does not like visitors, but Lord Farquaad turns his swamp into a relocation camp for dozens upon dozens of fairy-tale characters. To rid his swamp of these new pests, Shrek and Donkey, a donkey he meets, must free Princess Fiona from a remote castle. After rescuing Princess Fiona Shrek finds out, almost too late, that she too is an ogre just like him.

  • Shrek
  •  Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, Square USA - Hironobu Sakaguchi (Executive Producer), USA, July 11, (1 hr. 53 min.)
    Based loosely on the insanely popular Final Fantasy video game series, The Spirits Within takes place in a futuristic earth circa 2065. Earth is overrun with aliens, and only Dr. Aki Ross can devise a plan to save earth. She is on a quest to find the Spirits, but General Hein wants only to destroy the aliens with a swift destructive blow. General Hein does not know that this could harm or destroy earth in the process.

  • Final Fantasy Wikipedia
  • 2002

     Ice Age, Fox - Christopher Meledandri (Executive Producer), USA, March 15, (1 hr. 25 min.) During the Ice Age Twenty thousand years ago we meet up with a furry bunch of prehistoric creatures. These four animals find themselves on a quest to return a human infant to his father. They brave the elements to return the human and become heroes.

  • Ice Age Movie Site
  •  Happy Tree Friends - Vol. 1: First Blood, Mondo - Rhode Montijo, Kenn Navarro (Animators), USA, (140 min) DVD (also shorts online)
    Happy Tree Friends are cute little cartoon animals who get themselves caught up in some horrible Cartoon Violence (CV). No matter how good their day starts, it always turns out bad. Happy Tree Friends are a collection of Flash animation shorts online, as well as on two DVDs, which are longer episodes with longer stories. The only way to classify this kind of animation would be to draw a line to Ren & Stimpy and South Park.

  • Happy Tree Friends Site target="_blank"
  • 2003

      March 19 - Golf War 2.0 "Operation Iraqi Freedom"

  • Info Please: Iraq Crisis Timeline
  • CNN Specials: War in Iraq
  •  July 9, 2003 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is released from Disney and Walden Media. Originally expected to be a flop, it actually becomes of the best selling movies of all time and leads to a trilogy that adds to its success.

     Finding Nemo, Pixar - John Lasseter (Executive Producer), USA, May 30th, (1 hr. 41 min.) Finding Nemo is Pixar's foray into an underwater adventure with Martin and his son Nemo. These two are separated in the Great Barrier Reef and so the journey begins. Martin has to find his son, who has been taken from his home to the confides of a fish bowl in a dentist's office. Comic relief and adventure ensues to find, and save, Nemo.

  • Pixar Feature Films
  •  What is the Meatrix, Free Range Graphics
    The Meatrix is a spoof on The Matrix, it is a Flash animation used to talk about factory farms and their negative effects. A Flash grant was awarded to GRACE (Global Resource Action Center for the Environment), and Free Range Graphics created this activism Flash animation for their cause.

  • The Meatrix Site
  • The Meatrix Site Action
  • 2004

     June 5, Ronald Reagan dies at his home in California at the age of 93. Reagan was the 40th President of the United States. His funeral lasted six days.

     October 29, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is released. Controversy surrounded the content within the game which lead to a recall and re-release.

     November 2, In the United States Presidential Election of 2004, U.S. President George W. Bush defeats Senator John Kerry to be elected to his second term in office.

     November 23, World of Warcraft is released.

     Feb. 12, Charles Schultz, the Peanuts creator dies.

     December 26, The strongest earthquake in 40 years hits the Indian Ocean region causing one of the worst natural disasters in recorded history in Southeast Asia. An enourmous tsunami is triggered from the massive 9.3 magnitude earthquake. The official death toll in the affected countries stands at 186,983 while more than 40,000 people are still missing.

  • Wikipedia Tsunami
  •  February 29, The film directed by Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King wins the Academy Award for all 11 categories it was nominated for including Best Picture and Best Director.

  • Lord of the Rings website
  •  Oct. 18, Fallen Art, an animation by Tomasz Baginski, is released. The story is of a deranged general, General A, that creates art in the form of stop motion photography by photographing the bodies of dead soldiers that have been pushed to their death.

  • Fallen Art Website
  • Fallen Art on YouTube
  •  November 5, Pixar's The Incredibles is released. It wins the Oscar for Best Animated Feature and Best Sound Editing.


     Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit A new installment for the famed Claymation franchise. This time still using old style clay and stop motion techniques with some 3D elements seamlessly to enhance or make possible effects that would be impractical without the new technology. A great film keeping to its roots but still embracing current technology.

  • Wikipedia website
  •  Oct. 18, Chicken Little, Disney's first attempt at 3D animation after nearly losing, then reacquiring Pixar studios. Was a mild success but could not come close to the acclaim of Pixars past films. Proving that Disney needs Pixar to stay on top of the animated film market.

  • Wikipedia Website
  • 2006

     AutoDesk Acquires Alias- Autodesk the makers of 3D studio max buys out Alias the makers of Maya for $197 million. Merging the two largest commercial 3D animation program creators.

  • Autodesk and Alias
  •  Disney re-Acquires Pixar- After the 6 movie deal is up, Pixar is set to move out of Disney but is then offered a 7.4 Billion deal to stay on. Some results of the deal are steve jobs has a seat on Disneys board and the reopening of Disney's 2d animation studio. Leaving Pixar as Disneys 3D powerhouse with a possible revival of the classic 2D disney.

  • Disney Buys Pixar
  • 2007

     Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters Created by Williams Street as a film adaptation of the series of similar name. Low budget and tasteless content which can really only be enjoyed by those familiar with the show already.

  • Wikipedia website
  •  Oct. 18, Beowulf, Motion Capture Film by Dreamworks studios featuring prominent actors like Anthony Hopkins and Angelina Jolie, who's likeness was re-created for the film. The film met with many valid criticisms for its rather unnecessary and bloated use of the 3d media. The films was not a financial successes and will likely stunt any further use of this "performance capture".

  • Wikipedia Website
  •   Team Fortress 2 Created by valve software as a sequel to the previous Team fortress classic, the game took nearly a decade to come out and is a surprising addition to video game animation and visual design with a high level of animation in-game and integration with overall design and mood. Also featuring several animation shorts used to promote the title and show off valves animation prowess. Hopefully the first of its kind with highly stylized design opposed to the standard realism in shooter games.

  • Clip on YouTube Website
  • Clip 2 on YouTube Website
  • 2009

     The Princess and the Frog Disney's most recent 2D animation and a possible revival of 2D animation alongside the 3D films of today. Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. This Film will also feature Disney's first African american Disney Princess and be set in New Orleans 1920's. The future of 2D animation will ride on this films success or failure.

  • Wikipedia website
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    Research conducted by Brittany Westerbeck, Greg Wark & Ken Edwards, Bowling Green State Univeristy