December “Pencil Test” Animation Contest

Here’s your chance to win a bunch of Animation GOODIES!! We have been wanting to start some contests to get more of you out there animating! What better way than a contest! All entries must be submitted by Dec 31st, 2016.

1st Place Prize

– Beetlejuice Animation Cel from the series.
– Goof Troop Storyboard page from the series.
– Brain Storm: Unleashing Your Creative Self book by Don Hahn
– 1 Year Membership to Dragon’s Lair Members Blog
– Mulan Lithograph
– Pete’s Dragon 1977 press kit photo
– Animation peg bar
– 3 Palomino Blackwing Pencils
– 1 Kneaded Rubber Eraser Large

2nd Place Prize

– 1 Year Membership to Dragon’s Lair Members Blog
– Mini Yogi Bear cel
– Animation peg bar
– 3 Palomino Blackwing Pencils
– 1 Kneaded Rubber Eraser Large


1. Find a fun, goofy, GIF from or
2. Use that GIF as reference and animate it. (You can use ANY character you like, Bugs Bunny, Felix the Cat, Batman, etc or one you created)
3. You must show which GIF you used as reference.
4. It must be done in 2d. (Traditional Pencil paper, Flash, ToonBoom, TvPaint, Full Color, B&W, Limited Animation, etc)
5. All Entries Must be Uploaded in the Traditional Animation Facebook Group (Not shared) Use hashtag #DecemberContest
6. Deadline December 31st, 2016
7. You can enter up to 3 entries.

Upload Entries Here:

Examples of GIFs (You Can Use ANY You Find Online)

Example of an Entry

(This is just to show you to include the original GIF and to put your name on the video.)
Do not upload to Youtube, upload entry into the group.


Each entry will be judged by the animators creativity, weight, clarity and entertainment value.

Gary Goldman

Gary Goldman is an animator/director/producer/writer. He began his career at Walt Disney Productions in 1972. His film credits include Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too, The Rescuers, Pete’s Dragon,The Small One and The Fox and the Hound (uncredited). Xanadu, The Secret of N.I.M.H., Arcade games Dragon’s Lair I & II and Space Ace, An American Tail, The Land Before Time, All Dogs Go to Heaven, Thumbelina, Anastasia, Bartok the Magnificent and Titan A.E. Gary was inducted into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1978.

Dominic Carolla

Dominic Carola is an animator and owner of Premise Entertainment. Recruited out of Cal Arts by Walt Disney Feature Animation, he began his career animating on several features, shorts and directing theme park attractions. As a partner studio for such clients as Universal, Dreamworks and Disney, he continues as Creative Director and Head of Production for the last dozen years on numerous features, shorts and commercial projects. Some projects include The Lion King, Mulan, Lilo and Stitch, Brother Bear, Curious George, Princess and the Frog and co-supervising the animation for the award-winning The Bear and The Hare.

Lavalle Lee

Lavalle Lee is the Project Leader for Don Bluth Films. Lavalle is the producer/director/editor & host of the The Traditional Animation Show and the founder of, the largest website dedicated to hand-drawn animation. In 2000, he began animating online short cartoon webisodes for his website FLASHCARTOONS.ORG. He has been a member of Don Bluth’s animation classes, workshops and master classes since 2009.

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Lavalle Lee

Lavalle Lee

Lavalle Lee has been creating animated cartoons online since 1999/2000 for his website Many cartoons on the site have gained viral video status reaching millions of viewers online. In 2009, Lavalle started learning hand drawn animation from Don Bluth in his animation classes, as well as attending his Masterclasses in Arizona. He has also personally studied animation and visual effects from Veteran Disney animators in Orlando, FL.

Lavalle is widely known in the animation industry as the creator of the website. After seeing that most animation sites were about all types of animation, not any specific to classical hand drawn animation, Lavalle knew Traditional Animation needed to be represented online. has become the leading website and social media account for all things 2D. The website served as inspiration for “The Traditional Animation Show” in which Lavalle was both producer and host.

His partnership with Don Bluth began when he championed the Dragon's Lair Indiegogo campaign as lead project manager, editor, voice actor and in-betweener. The campaign reached $730,000 dollars to produce a 7-minute pitch video. In 2017, Lavalle brought the idea of creating a school to Don Bluth, and Don Bluth University was born. After a decade of learning from Don Bluth and working together on multiple pitches and business ventures, Lavalle accepted the position as Vice President of Don Bluth's new company Don Bluth Studios.


  1. November 28, 2016 at 3:16 pm — Reply

    It’s about to go down!

  2. November 28, 2016 at 3:37 pm — Reply

    This is gonna be awesome!

  3. November 28, 2016 at 4:08 pm — Reply

    Syd Jarrett Vincent yooooo

  4. November 28, 2016 at 4:23 pm — Reply

    Camilla Smidt måske noget for dig

    • November 28, 2016 at 4:28 pm — Reply

      Uh – nice! Tak 😀 Det kigger jeg lige på 😉

  5. November 28, 2016 at 4:24 pm — Reply
  6. November 28, 2016 at 4:27 pm — Reply

    Jonny Wynne Dermot McCall

  7. November 28, 2016 at 5:13 pm — Reply

    Ivan Camilo Caicedo Hernandez

  8. November 28, 2016 at 5:54 pm — Reply

    Caitlin yo!

  9. November 28, 2016 at 6:02 pm — Reply

    Alper Yağlıoğlu

  10. MonkeyJump
    November 28, 2016 at 1:12 pm — Reply

    I’m seriously sooo happy about this!!!!!!!! This is amazing!!!! :’D I can’t wait to start animating ….hehe I’m gonna try doing it 100% hand drawn!!!! :))))

  11. November 28, 2016 at 6:13 pm — Reply

    I’m up for it!

  12. November 28, 2016 at 7:17 pm — Reply

    How Exciting and Exilerating!

  13. November 28, 2016 at 7:30 pm — Reply

    Ryan Chu

  14. November 28, 2016 at 7:54 pm — Reply

    Brett, lets do this

  15. November 28, 2016 at 8:07 pm — Reply

    Count me in!

  16. November 28, 2016 at 10:22 pm — Reply

    Jeida El Qersh Hania Mohamed

  17. November 28, 2016 at 10:55 pm — Reply

    Is it worldwide?

  18. November 28, 2016 at 11:35 pm — Reply

    OMG Ram Tamez

  19. November 29, 2016 at 2:03 am — Reply

    gif needs to be live action?

    • November 29, 2016 at 3:14 am — Reply

      Yes, humans animals or objects. You can caricature it anyway you like. With your own characters, or popular characters like Batman, or Bugs Bunny.

  20. November 29, 2016 at 3:16 am — Reply

    Luana Esquerdo e Arthur Braga, que tal isto?

  21. November 29, 2016 at 4:30 am — Reply

    Guys any tips on how you are going about using the reference? are you importing the gif and using frame by frame or more of a source of inspiration for just the motion?

  22. November 29, 2016 at 6:17 am — Reply

    Saimur Rahman Arnab

  23. November 29, 2016 at 6:17 am — Reply

    Adrián Alberto Ortega García

  24. mel
    November 29, 2016 at 2:05 am — Reply

    Just wondering – won’t a lot of people just resort to rotoscoping? Or is that not against the rules?

    • November 29, 2016 at 9:46 am — Reply

      That is still considered 2d, it is not against the rules.

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