A lot of animation artists in late 1970′s and early 1980′s cut their teeth in the business at television animation studios like Hanna-Barbera and Filmation Studios. These union studios had on the job training programs where you could learn the trade and get your start in an entry level union position as an inbetweener with the opportunity to work your way up to assistant animator and animator. The above photo is of the crew of artists that were working on Hanna-Barbera’s second feature film Heidi’s Song.
I see many people that I know went on to work at Walt Disney Feature Animation. Let me know who you recognize in the text box below.