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Giveaway: Creating Animated Cartoons with Character

Win Creating Animated Cartoons with Character by Joe Murray

Creator of Rocko’s Modern Life (and others) Joe Murray presents a terrific book detailing developing and producing YOUR own series for TV, the Web, and short film! Now you can win a free copy from Animator Island, read on for details.


With chapters detailing how to get your series idea out of your head and onto paper, plus Secrets to a Great Series, Creating Animated Cartoons with Character is a great addition to any animator’s personal library. Fully illustrated with over 230 pages of content, here’s how you can get a copy today!

Just leave a comment on this article between September 23rd 2013 and October 18th 2013 to enter for your chance to receive this book from Animator Island. Be sure to include your name and a valid email address in the required field so if you win we can contact you to ship your prize! What should your comment be about? Tell us what YOUR favorite animated TV series of all time is/was!


You can look here for a complete list of rules and regulations. Good luck, and happy animating!

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  1. Freeman says:

    The Simpsons for me! But I did also love Rocko back in th e day. I wish it was still on what a unique show.

  2. Kane Pickerill says:

    The Ren & Stimpy Show!

  3. Kathryn Wood says:

    I think my current favourite TV series is Adventure Time, and I also love Phineas and Ferb, and Ed, Edd n Eddy. My 3rd parent was pretty much Cartoon Network when I was a kid so I love the 90s classics!

  4. Sabina K says:

    I’ll try my luck this time 😀
    My favorite animated series of all time is ‘avatar the last airbender’! Awesome show! Also a big fan of Gravity Falls and TMNT! 😉

  5. Atreya Dey says:

    It’s unfair to choose just one, but Tom and Jerry is the one I will select!

  6. Kristin Philpot says:

    It’s hard for me to pick a favorite series, but one of them would have to be Danny Phantom. Not only did I grow up watching it, I continue to watch reruns to this day. I’ve always loved it.

  7. HolyFlyingGrayson says:

    It’s hard to pick a favorite series, there’s so many! Although, there’s one animated series I will never stop loving, and that would be Invader Zim. It’s a shame it got cancelled, but the best shows always do.

  8. Favorite animated series – Pink Panther

  9. Tobias Kummer says:

    Hard decision, but I’d say Tom & Jerry

  10. J.K. Riki says:

    Though I’m ineligible to win, having created the giveaway, I did want to chime in that my favorite series is Futurama. I will also always have a soft spot for the Disney Afternoon cartoons of my younger years, though! The theme songs to Ducktales, Chip n Dale, and Tale Spin remain on my favorite music playlist to this day.

  11. Oh my favorite series of all time would definitely have to be the first 12 seasons of The Simpsons. I even started reading John Swartzwelder’s original novels cause they’re just as hilarious.

  12. Rutger says:

    Family Guy all the way! (: I’d really like to have this book, great give-away! Cheers.

  13. Raphael Soulage says:

    Joe Murray’s Rocko’s Modern Life is one of my favorite animated series because of the cool all out wackiness, but my all time favorite would have to be Everett Peck’s Duckman.

  14. Of all time? Easily John K.’s Ren & Stimpy Show! Was so different from anything else when it first came out, and its gross, immature humor and balls-to-the-wall animation, continues to be an inspiration to animators everywhere!

    Best of luck to everyone! :)

  15. Ivonne Solther says:

    Rocko’s Modern Life was one of my all time favourites back in the 90’s! After watching mostly Hannah-Barbera toons while growing up, Rocko and its contemporary cartoons on Nickelodeon were HUGE for me and my siblings!!

  16. Jorge Díaz says:

    As the one before have already said, it is kinda tough to choose just one series, however, Courage the Cowardly Dog has always have a don’t-know-what that makes it so special to me =)


  17. Benoit.LACOSTE says:

    One of my oldest memories about animated tv series is “The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo”. I love the character and the story.

  18. Chium says:

    That’s a really hard question for me… but if I had to go with one, I’d have to go with the Adventures of Tintin. Even though I started watching it as a kid, I still enjoy them to this day. :)

  19. Matt Bullock says:

    I loved (and still love) “Kablam!”, and my favorite segment was “Action League Now.”

  20. It has to be the “looney Toons” for me. As they were rooted right at the core of my love of story and animation throughout my childhood and I still enjoy them now as a Professional Animator. It’s pure entertainment that is timeless. The sort of work that inspires me on a daily basis.

  21. Howard Wimshurst says:

    Hmm, that’s a tough question. I’d say my favorite TV series is Futurama. Although I was never inspired by it’s animation, I have seen just about every episode at least twice and it still makes me laugh.

    I think my runner up would be Storm Hawks on Cartoon network. It’s characters and plot are a big influence in my writing today, and the animation quality is quite impressive.

  22. Toonio says:

    Although Rocko had some odd funny moments like killing turkeys with a falling piano, I have to go for Animaniacs on this one.

  23. Awesome post. Favourite show…. Umm, Looney tunes, no wait , tex avery…..uhhh pinky and the brain, ahhhh its too difficult. I think i’ll stick with looney tunes. :-)


  24. Washington Rayk says:

    Adventure time or Futurama,i guess.

  25. Felix Heinze says:

    For me it’s The Ren and Stimpy Show, followed by Futurama! 😀

  26. Olubunmi john says:

    For me…its rocko’s modern life…im a great fan..and i’ll be glad if joe murray can award me the book…cheers

  27. Olubunmi john says:

    For me its rocko’s modern life…i hope joe murray will award me a free copy of his book as a diehard fan of his show!

  28. Alex Vvedensky says:

    Its not easy, but my most liked ones are spongebob, simpsons, ren and stimpy and adventure time. I think my mst fav one will always be spongebob tho (first 3 seasons ofc). Just because of the childhood memories. As for the one that changed the animated world, i would go for simpsons, though adventure time and ren and stimpy are really close.

  29. Andrew Thomas says:

    I’ve been dying to get this book! Joe Murray is a huge inspiration to me, and I was fortunate enough to have a conversation with him last year.

    My favorite cartoon show of all time is probably Spongebob. It’s always been hilarious and everyone knows certain quotes or instances from the show!

  30. dominic caplan says:

    For serialized story and design: Avatar/Tron:Uprising
    For consistent writing and always making me smile: The Simpsons
    For artistic quality: Samurai Jack
    For comfort: Looney Tunes
    But for teaching me that animation is universal – the series I watched when living in France as a kid for a few weeks even though I didn’t speak French: Inspector Gadget

  31. Mary says:

    Tough question .. but I think I’d have to go with Futurama.

  32. Jirair Garabedian says:

    Regular show OHHHHHHHH!!!

  33. Lusine Sahakyan says:

    My favorite animated TV series is Adventure Time

  34. Matt Jordan says:

    A tough one for me as well. I really like the first season of Jim Henson’s Dog City: it’s full of hand-drawn noir goodness. Ask me tomorrow, though, and I’ll likely pick something else. :)

  35. Kourtni Betcher says:

    theres so many good ones ^-^ i loved secret squirrel and pound puppies and popples and ed edd and eddy and…..wait…thats more than one lol see told you there were many XD

  36. Melanie says:

    Hm… I think I’ll go with my old childhood heroine, Sailor Moon. It’s so inclusive of non-heteronormative gender and sexual identities, promotes peaceful conflict-solving, it’s pretty, and it’s girls being given a lot of power and responsibility and simply handling the fuck out of it. It’s shaped me very much.

  37. Donald Olsen says:

    My favorite cartoon of all time is Doug. The reason being is that I could relate to him because of his imagination and being an artist. I also look like him.

  38. baggins says:

    I love all cartoons! No favorites here! I WANT TO WIN!!

  39. Zeb says:

    My all time favorite was The Flintstones! Call me old fashioned but I just loved that show and remember waiting for it to come on TV each week. I made my own Flintstone car out of sticks and rocks and was constantly drawing the characters and scenes. I didn’t know nor care that it was “limited animation” to keep up with their weekly schedule, I just loved it!

  40. Nestor says:

    My favorite series would be indeed “Hey Arnold”. Portrays the simplicity, and transcendental value of life, without any kind of super powers or overdone action. Seeing it as an adult, still makes me do some questions to myself and brings the nostalgia of that unforgettable, endless summer.

  41. matthew says:

    It’s hard to pick just one but I’d say The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack but truly i have about thirty favorites.

  42. Ryan says:

    Ren & Stimpy! I’d watch it religiously.

    Happy! Happy! Joy !Joy!

  43. Coy Powers says:

    Ufffff…. if I had to pick one, I’d say Batman Beyond, though I love the Disney afternoon stuff from when I was ‘younger’, and Animaniacs, Rocko, Futurama, Transfor-… Let’s stay with Batman Beyond.

  44. Rachel says:

    Hmm, that’s a tough one. Favorite animated series of all time?

    But I’ll say.. probably Gargoyles.
    Though I also really like Mushi-shi and Freakazoid. There are two cartoons that may never have been mentioned together before.

  45. Alessandro says:

    My favorite animated series was Disney afternoon especially the Goofy’s one

  46. Alex says:

    I absolutely LOVE Futurama! 😀

  47. Mahesh says:

    My favorite series was and still is Aladdin Animated Series. I still remember the moment when I first saw it.. I was in 4th class, it was the first time I saw humans animated so beautifullyin Animation. Later my dad told its all hand drawn I was mesmerized by it. Somehow my life quest of animation began with the Aladdin Animated series.

    The older I got the more I am loving the world, the characters , voice acting, animation in it.
    It’s the best series because it has explored the world , the villains so much. And its for studying too, it has really different and unique personalities, A monkey and carpet who came talk , A bird that talks, Aladdin with lots and lots of cool body mechanics actions ,and A gennie who is insanely dynamic , continues too surprise with the acting and actions , finally the cool fantasy world with limitless possibilities.

    For all of my childhood I never knew why Gennie was free until I saw the movie after 12 – 13 years. I didn’t know they made movie first .. I know no body asked why I love the series but I just thought it might be good place to write… 😛

  48. Chris E says:

    That’s a hard one. If I have to pick one It would be the Flintstones. I loved all the ones from Looney Tunes to Tom and Jerry.

  49. Justin Miller says:

    Wile coyote and the road runner were my absolute favorite!

  50. CGI Calvin says:

    Damn how did I miss this?