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What is Flash animation or Flash Cartoon?
A Flash animation or Flash cartoon is an animated film which is
created using Adobe Flash animation software and often distributed
in the .swf file format. It can be created in Flash or with other
programs capable of writing .swf files. The term Flash animation not
only refers to the file format but to a certain kind of movement and
visual style which, in many circles, is seen as simplistic or
unpolished. However, with dozens of Flash animated television
series, countless more Flash animated television commercials, and
award-winning online shorts in circulation, Flash animation is
enjoying a renaissance.
In the late 1990s, when for most Internet users, bandwidth was still at 56 kbit/s, many Flash animation artists employed limited animation or cutout animation when creating projects intended for web distribution. This allowed artists to release shorts and interactive experiences well under 1mb, which could stream both audio and high-end animation. One example is the first episode of The Goddamn George Liquor Program released in 1999, rendered at only 628kb.
Some hallmarks of poorly-produced Flash animation are jerky natural movements (seen in walk-cycles and gestures), auto-tweened character movements, lip-sync without interpolation, and abrupt changes from front to profile view. Although Flash is able to integrate bitmaps and other raster-based art, as well as video, most Flash films are created using only vector-based drawings which often result in a somewhat clean graphic appearance.
Flash animations are typically distributed by way of the World Wide Web, in which case they are often referred to as Internet cartoons, online cartoons, or webtoons. Web Flash animations may be interactive and are often created in a series. A Flash animation is distinguished from a Webcomic, which is a comic strip distributed via the Web, rather than an animated cartoon.
The first prominent use of the Flash animation format was by Ren
& Stimpy creator John Kricfalusi. He embarked on a mission to bring
cartoons to the Internet. Kricfalusi employed George Liquor (a
fictional character rumored to have ended Kricfalusi's employment on
Ren & Stimpy) and his dim-witted nephew Jimmy the Hapless Idiot Boy
on their own Internet program titled The Goddamn George Liquor
Program. Later, John produced more animated projects with Flash
including several online shorts for Icebox.com, television
commercials, and a music video. Soon after that, web cartoons began
Flash Animation Distribution:
While the creation of animation using Flash can be easier and less expensive than traditional animation techniques, the amount of time, money, and skill required to produce a project using the software depends on the chosen content and style. Internet distribution is considerably easier and less expensive than television broadcasting, and websites such as www.Clipal.com provide free hosting. Many Flash animations are created by individual or amateur artists, although it does require some amount of technical knowledge to create a notable work with the software. Many Flash animations first distributed on the web became popular enough to be broadcast on television, particularly on such networks as MTV and G4TV.