It wasn’t the smoothest year for animation: DreamWorks shut down PDI, Sony killed Genndy Tartakovsky’s Popeye reboot, and Gravity Falls ended its run.

On the other hand, Sergio Pablos stunned the animation world with his Klaus trailer, Anomalisa pushed stop motion storytelling to new heights, and the Chinese animation/vfx industry scored big wins with Monkey King: Hero is Back and Monster Hunt.

The animation industry is expanding globally at an unprecedented rate — just take a peek at some of next year’s animated features. Animation software is more accessible than ever before and portable tablets are becoming indispensable for many artists. Animation is growing in other ways, too, as the American industry struggles to be more inclusive and address the glaring lack of women and minorities in key creative positions.

Cartoon Brew remains committed to its role as the only industry resource that covers the ever-evolving global animation scene with integrity and transparency. We’re growing, too, adding more contributors to the site this year than ever before, and we’re committed to continued expansion in 2016.

In the meantime, here’s a look at our stories from the past year that you clicked on the most:

1. DreamWorks Will Shut Down PDI/DreamWorks Studio; 500 Jobs Will Be Eliminated


2. Bra Maker Spoofs Disney Musicals In New Commercial


3. Proof That Oscar Voters Are Clueless About Animation


4. Sony Has Killed Genndy Tartakovsky’s Popeye


5. Japan’s Animation Industry Isn’t Just Tough, It’s “Illegally Harsh” Says American Artist


6. EXCLUSIVE: Sergio Pablos Talks About His Stunning Hand-Drawn Project Klaus


7. Gravity Falls Creator Alex Hirsch Explains Why He’s Ending the Show After 2 Seasons


8. Animation Is Not A Genre: Oscar Edition


9. Pixar Announces Day of the Dead Film Coco


10. The Good Dinosaur Could Make $400 Million, And Still Become Pixar’s First Flop


11. Shaun the Sheep Movie Opening is Baaaaa-d

12. Disney’s Strange Magic Has Record-Breaking Bad Debut

13. Nickelodeon’s ’90s Nostalgia Block The Splat Launches Tonight

14. DreamWorks Execs Have An Incredible Reason For Why Their Films Are Unpopular

15. L.A. Animation Artist Tired of Explaining To Fans He Didn’t Attend CalArts

16. Studio Ghibli Does Cute Cats As Well As Anyone

17. Your Favorite Cartoon Characters Just Got Fat

18. CGI Pioneer ReBoot Reboots With The Guardian Code

19. 4 Potential Oscar Upsets in the Animated Feature Category

20. Drawing Tablets Head-to-Head: iPad Pro/Pencil vs. Surface Pro vs. Wacom Cintiq Companion

21. Want to Own Coraline? Laika to Auction 250 Pieces From Its Films

22. Tomm Moore on Song of the Sea, Reinventing 2D, and Dodging the Studio System

23. Cartoon Network Plays It Safe with Their 2015-’16 Lineup

24. Pixar Artists Test Drive The Apple Pencil — What Do They Think About It?

25. Brad Bird: ‘I Want to Do Another Hand-Drawn Animated Feature’

26. LEGO Movie Co-Director Phil Lord’s Perfect Response To Not Getting an Oscar Nomination

27. Watch the First Trailer for China’s Little Door Gods

28. Judge Rules Disney, Pixar, DreamWorks, Sony, and Other Studios Can’t Evade Wage-Fixing Lawsuit

29. Disney’s Descendants Imagines the Offspring of Disney Villains

30. Sanjay’s Super Team Is Pixar’s First Project to Star Non-White Lead

31. Magic of Disney Animation, R.I.P.

32. Harvey Beaks Creator C.H. Greenblatt on How to Break Into The Biz and Why Artists Should Post on Tumblr

33. This “WETA Effect” Video Is The Dumbest Thing You’ll See All Week

34. Cartoon Network’s Imagination Studios Encourages Children To Create Original Ideas

35. Powerpuff Girl Actress On Being Shut Out of Reboot: “A Stab in the Heart”

36. Crashing the Boy’s Club: Women Speak Out About Gender Inequality in Animation

37. Associated Press Reports That Yogi Bear Has Died

38. Toon Boom Launches Harmony 12 and Introduces Subscription Pricing

39. One Corporation Cannot Own the Animated Feature Oscar

40. Adobe Kills Flash Name, Rebrands It As Animator-Friendly Animate CC

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