Created By: MadMan400096 on June 30, 2012 Last Edited By: MadMan400096 on July 3, 2012

Animation Episode

An episode dedicated to the animation process

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Animation is a challenging process. It costs several thousands of dollars to make, and takes months (about a week at fastest) to produce. This is no different in fiction. However, characters, for whatever reason, will still want to try their hand at the process. The result is often hilariously bad.
Anime and Manga
  • Episode 33 of Keroro Gunsou had Keroro and his platoon, inspired by an Animated Adaptation of his favorite manga, decides to make an anime as a means to Take Over the World. After experiencing some roadblocks resulting from jumping straight into the world of anime without any prior knowledge of the process outside of a how-to book, they decide to infiltrate the offices of a fictional version of anime studio Sunrise (the studio behind the show). They use this info to create a very amateurish cartoon. The platoon (and Angol Mois, who did the sound recording) love it, but Natsumi blasts it.
  • Kirby of the Stars did an episode where King Dedede hired the entire Cappy Town populace, none of which experienced in animation, to make a cartoon about himself with Kirby as the villain.

Western Animation
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  • June 30, 2012
    • In an episode of South Park the boys decide to make a cartoon in order to teach the world about Mr. Hanky. They use the same cut-out animation style that the show started with, and have a lot of problems with continuity and making sure nobody sneezes & ruins the shot.
    • Moral Orel closing credits are run over a view of Orel making a stop motion animated short of his own. (Season 1 anyway, the only one I've seen.)
  • July 2, 2012
    There's a sequence in the two-part Full House episode "The House Meets the Mouse" where Joey creates a drawing at the Disney animation studio, which comes to life and shows off. I don't remember if they actually discuss the animation process or not, so I'm not sure if it even counts for this trope.
  • July 2, 2012
    The Simpsons: Bart's comic "Angry Dad" gets turned into a Web Original animated series. He doesn't do the animation himself though.
  • July 3, 2012
    How about Animating The Episode? The trope would otherwise imply that it was an animated episode in an otherwise un-animated series (cf Noir Episode, Musical Episode)