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.