There are obvious benefits to attending an animation school, but for those who are unable to do so, the wealth of how-to material about creating animation continues to grow on-line. Some noteworthy examples:
Bill Wray posted a beat board he drew from an episode of The Mighty B! that shows the planning involved in producing a TV cartoon.
And below, a series of instructional videos that Scott Wills created to guide the Korean background painters working on Samurai Jack.