Cartoons are amazing and a great source of entertainment, young or old. Animation allows the imagination to run wild with little to know limitations. If it can be drawn, it can appear in a cartoon. It also allows actors to perform roles that they would otherwise be unable to play in their physical form. I mean, no matter how much Christopher Walken wants to be a mongoose, he just plain cannot play one in live-action.

While animation is definitely interesting to watch and look at, sometimes an animated movie or television show can be just as interesting behind-the-scenes in real life. They also reveal how and why your favorite cartoon is the way that it is, like why the concept of bending in Avatar: The Last Airbender was created to allow battles and action to skirt around any flesh-on-flesh contact violence that would have been censored for children's TV.

Did you like that fact? We have more details on that and 35 more about the world of animation:

Toy Story was pitched as a O-minute sequel to Tin Toy... ...but the President of Walt Disney told them to make it a full length movie. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM


BEHIND-THE-SCENESFACTS MR. MEESEEKS WAS CREATED OUT OF BOREDOM. Rick MORE w The concept got its start after Justin Roiland randomly started yelling I'm mister Meeseeks during a writing session for a completely different story - one that he hated for being too complex and boring. CRACKED.COM

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INVENTED NEW COLORS TO USE IN ANIMATION .COM Since most of the movie takes place in the neon-light-dripping darkness of Neo-Tokyo, a record total of 327 different colors were used. Of those 327 colors, 50 were exclusively created for the film.

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The writers all had to read a law professor's book on government overreach. Writers were required to read The Death of Common Sense, a book by Georgetown Law professor Philip K. Howard. The book explains a very Hill-ian philosophy that bureaucracy causes common sense to atrophy.

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