Animation movies (and TV series) have evolved over the history of Cinema starting as illustrations produced by sketch and pencil artists and moving to digital systems using state of the art illustration and sketching software and pushing into next generation 3D animation using motion enhancement and motion tracking nodes from actors scanned into digital wire/skeleton computer models that allow extraction and compositing into layers for a wide range of flexibility and realism for the movie production artists - a far cry from the early days of master animation magic from the likes of Disney Studios.

The animation category is strong in popularity as marked by memorable recent movies such as Shrek, Toy Story, Ice Age, Frozen, The Incredibles, and How to Train Your Dragon.