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Learn the History of Animation in Pencils and Pixels


From Strikeback Studios and Hideout Pictures comes Pencils vs. Pixels, a new documentary that showcases the animators that bring your most favorite characters to life.

A celebration of 2D hand-drawn animation and the transformative journey from the Disney Renaissance to the computer animation revolution... and the inspiring future yet to come.

I found this documentary to be very interesting.  I’ve always had a fascination with animation and how it has changed over the years. It was interesting to learn about it from the animators perspective.


Pencils vs. Pixels is directed by Bay Dariz and Phil Earnest and narrated by Ming-Na Wen. Animators featured in the documentary include Seth MacFarlane, Alex Hirsch, Peter Docter, John Musker and many more!

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Directed By
Bay Dariz • Phil Earnest
Produced By
Tom Bancroft • Bay Dariz
Written By
Bay Dariz
Mike Hugo
Dustin Supencheck • Michael Delano
• Chris Haggerty
Executive Producers:
Shannon Houchins, Noor Ahmed, Christopher Joe
Narrated by
Ming-Na Wen
Running time: 72 min

SYNOPSIS: Pencils Vs Pixels is a celebration of the unique magic of 2D hand-drawn animation and an exploration of how the Disney Renaissance of the late 1980s and early 1990s led to an animation boom that was quickly upended by the computer animation revolution that followed. Narrated by Ming-Na Wen, PENCILS VS PIXELS features many of the legendary artists who brought these now-classic films to life as they guide us through the last few decades of animation and into the future that's yet to come.