Top 25 Cartoon Brew Stories of 2019 Top 25 Cartoon Brew Stories of 2019

2019 was a big, thrilling, and occasionally messy year for the art and business of animation. Cartoon Brew was there every step of the way, and it was our privilege to publish nearly 740 pieces covering all facets of the craft and business.

Below, in reverse-order, are the site’s 25 most-read stories of the year. Looking at the list, certain trends emerge: artist rights (unionization, overtime, safe workspaces, intellectual property theft), industry missteps (Sonic, box office bombs, studio closures), and of course, all kinds of stories about the industry’s 800-pound-gorilla, the Walt Disney Company.

But here’s something to keep in mind: besides the stories below, there are 700+ other stories not on the list below. Those hundreds of other stories include in-depth conversations with artists, behind-the-scenes looks at the filmmaking and technical processes of animation, insights on the business, profiles on films and filmmakers, and deep dives into the spectacular growth of animation around the world.

The animation world is indeed vast — and growing larger everyday — and all of us at Cartoon Brew are excited about what 2020 will bring for this wonderful medium. As the industry’s most-widely read news resource, we value the trust you place in us and the time you spend with us. We’ll continue to maintain the highest editorial standards and promise not to waste your time. Thank you to everyone for reading the site, sharing our stories with your friends, writing to us privately with your personal experiences, and participating on the site and across all of our social platforms.

Here were 2019’s most-read stories:

25. Trailer: You Son Of A Bitch, Adult Romantic-Comedy From Philippines

Klaus Production Design.

24. How Klaus Draws On Centuries-Old Artistic Principles To Push 2D Animation Forward

23. Procreate Adds New Animation Features To Its Latest Update

22. The Public Domain Is Working Again — No Thanks To Disney

The Lego Movie

21. Everything WAS Awesome: Warner Bros. Has Given Up On Lego Films

20. Missing Link Bombs At The Box Office

19. The New Sonic The Hedgehog Trailer Doesn’t Get The Reaction Paramount Hoped For

18. Report: Paramount Execs Are Unhappy They Weren’t Told About John Lasseter Hiring

17. Is Skydance Endangering Its Female Employees? Here Is A List Of Accusations Against John Lasseter


16. After A Decade, James Cameron Finally Admits That Avatar Is Animated

15. Chris Reccardi, Leading Animation Industry Artist, Dies At 54

The "Bojack Horseman" crew wearing Animation Guild t-shirts outside Shadowmachine.

14. An Inside Look Into The Bojack Horseman Crew’s Struggle To Unionize

Oli Putland

13. A New Youtube Rule Is Threatening Animation Content Creators. Here’s What You Need To Know About COPPA.

12. Vancouver Animators Win Overtime Pay In Sausage Party Pay Dispute

11. ‘It’s Time To Break Up Disney,’ Says Author Of New Book On Monopoly Power In America

10. Disney’s Twitter Oscar Campaign For Incredibles 2 Didn’t Go As Planned

9. Horror At Kyoto Animation Studio: 33 Dead, Dozens Injured After Arson Attack

8. Rooster Teeth CEO Apologizes For Poor Work Conditions At Austin Animation Studio

7. Sonic the Hedgehog Director Jeff Fowler Says Sonic Will Be Re-Designed

6. Where To Watch How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Before It Opens In The U.S.

5. Director Kevin Bao Fired By Animation Studio After Accused Of Plagiarism In Sony Playstation Spot

"The Lion King."

4. MPC, Studio Behind The Lion King, Shuts Down Vancouver Studio

3. Jeffrey Epstein Documents: Simpsons Creator Matt Groening Allegedly Received Foot Massage From 16-Year-Old Girl

2. Arctic Dogs Bombs, Worst Opening Of All-Time In 2,800+ Theaters

1. Chart: Everything That Disney Owns

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Amid Amidi

Amid Amidi

Amid Amidi is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Cartoon Brew.

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