Authored & Copyright © 1996-2012 by Jan-Eric Nyström, Helsinki, Finland
Where on the globe is Helsinki?

For a look at REAL LIVE STEAM TRAINS, click this link!

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This is Albert, a little worm, star of the first proper animated movie I made - and since "mato" is
the finnish word for "worm", the name of my animation outfit and this website is ANI-MATO!

That first movie, made in 1970-1974, contains some 7000 drawings,
all hand-drawn, traced and painted onto "cels".
Nowadays, I make all my animation with the aid of computers,
even though I still draw the characters by hand - "Disney style".

Here you can watch that very first cartoon of mine:

... and here's a short documentary, showing how I made that film:

... and, another documentary showing many different techniques for making animation:


or choose a page from the list below, or from the scrollable index on the left.
Most recent additions / changes marked with stars *,
the more stars, the more recent the page is!
Author's Home Page
Animation samples****
Animation Equipment *
How we made a 3-D Film****
Clay animated chicken!
Disney Cel Art
Zagreb Cel Art
History of Animac
Equipment for the hobbyist***
How a TV commercial is made*
How a Cartoon Film is made**
Camera movements
Panoramic Photography **
History of Sub-35mm Film**
Image Areas for Film & TV**
Ancient Photo & Film
Building Animation Stands*****
Pegbars, Disk & Desk*
Build a Bolex Animation Motor
Super-16 Bolex modification **
Make a precise Finder Reticle
Intervalometer & Densitometer *
Animators and model railroads **
Building real Steam Locomotives *****
Recommended Books *
Scanning & Painting Tips
Mini video cameras *
Scanning Slides *
Stop-motion ball joints
APS photo Info**
Photo tricks**

A tribute to Frank Thomas (1912 - 2004)

In Memoriam: Ollie Johnston (1912 - 2008)

The three laws of "Cartoonics" (with apologies to the late Dr. Isaac Asimov):
1. A cartoon character must always harm another cartoon character, and must not, through inaction, allow another cartoon character to escape unharmed.
2. A cartoon character must obey the orders given to it by another cartoon character only when such orders are given hypnotically.
3. A cartoon character must protect its own existence, as long as such protection does not conflict with the whims of the animator. (Ain't I a stinker?)

This site has received:

NOTE: This site is not maintained anymore. It may contain dead links, missing images etc. Sorry about that! Last check/update: March 23, 2012

Many thanks to the volunteers who have agreed to host this mirror of my original, now defunct site!

The "legal stuff":

NOTE: All information, i.e software, text & images, on this "Animato" animation and Live Steam site is Copyright © 1996-2009 by ANIMATO J-E Nystrom, except where otherwise noted. All rights reserved. The author has not knowingly violated any copyrights, however, some images are from other sources, and included under the "fair use" assumption. If a copyright holder objects to material included on this site, either an on-screen credit will be provided (or an existing one corrected), or the image will be removed. Material found on this site (this page and subsequent pages in the animato directory) may not be published, transferred or distributed in any way without written permission from the author. You MAY publish the page internet address as a link.

The facts and contents on this website are obtained from sources which are believed to be reliable. However, the author of the site assumes no legal liability of any kind for the information contained herein nor for conclusions drawn by any party from it.

Linking information:

Even though linking to the ANI-MATO site is encouraged, you are NOT allowed to publish links directly to the individual sub-pages of this site. Reason: This site uses "frames", and a link to a sub-page will not include any table of contents, making it impossible to navigate this site. Also, you are expressly forbidden to link to the ANIMATO site, be it pages, text or images, from within your own webpages using "frames". Instead, link ONLY to the main page and MENTION, in your TEXT, all the goodies you wish people to know about! Thank you!

Contact info:
ANIMATO J-E Nyström, Ulvilantie 2 A 9, 00350 Helsinki, Finland
NOTE: In order for me to avoid spam,
you will get an auto-reply "challenge" when using this e-mail address,
and will be asked to re-send your message to a new address.
Sorry for the inconvenience!