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Pencils Vs Pixels

By Sabrina McFarland, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Animation industry docu explores its magical evolution.

Movie NR 2023 83 minutes
Pencils Vs Pixels movie poster: A White female animation character stands at a desk, with left side image displayed as a black and white hand drawn illustration holding two pencils, and right side as a multi-colored computer-generated image touching a desktop screen with one hand. In the background, bookshelves, desk lamp, and easel and computer with male superhero depictions. The color display of the character wears a light-colored dress and auburn hair, and film title is written and digital style

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Directors Phil Earnest and Bay Dariz present a generous visual gem for kids to learn about the world of animation. The personal anecdotes shared in Pencils Vs Pixels may inspire the launch of future careers in the art form. For veteran animator Floyd Norman (Monsters, Inc.), it was the time "my mom took me to see Dumbo when I was a little boy, and I saw these moving images on screen," he recalls. "I fell in love with animation."

And notes Encanto story artist Natalie Nourigat, "my mom said when I was 4, I watched Bambi every single day and that's still one of my favorite movies." Pencil Vs Pixels narrator and Mulan star Ming-Na Wen believes that "animation lets us communicate and connect with each other in a unique way that is easy to take for granted, but to me it's pure magic."

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