Let There Be Animation


This is a moving example of what Tolkien called “sub-creation”—in essence, using your gift to speak light into the darkness. This, by the way, is hand-drawn animation. Thank you, Glen Keane, for making something beautiful. (And thank you, Brannon McAllister, for the link.)


And if you want to dig a little deeper into just how much work, thought, and attention went into the short film, watch this and be inspired.


Andrew Peterson is a singer-songwriter and author. Andrew has released more than ten records over the past twenty years, earning him a reputation for songs that connect with his listeners in ways equally powerful, poetic, and intimate. As an author, Andrew’s books include the four volumes of the award-winning Wingfeather Saga, released in collectible hardcover editions through Random House in 2020, and his creative memoir, Adorning the Dark, released in 2019 through B&H Publishing.


  1. Katelyn Spurlock

    “It’s a way for me to connect to you. I see drawing as a kind of seismograph of the soul…the lines representing how I feel.” CGI is cool and all, but I do miss the hand-drawn animation of my childhood. I really did grieve a little bit when Disney said they were done with 2D animation.

  2. Jessica B

    Thank you. This was a beautiful interlude to the ugliness that’s been permeating the web today. I will definitely be sharing this.

    Fun factoid; As I was watching the background video, Glen’s signature popped up a few times and it tickled my memory. I’d seen that handwriting before. After a quick google search, I discovered that Glen Keane’s signature looks like Bil Keane’s signature because Bil (creator of the cartoon “The Family Circus”) is Glen’s dad. 🙂

  3. Peter B

    “The score attracted two Stradivarius violins, and top musicians who came because the visual demanded music of equal beauty.”

    Boy, did it ever.

    This wins the “best use of the internet” award today.

  4. aimee

    Thanks for posting this AP. We all enjoyed watching it and at the end of it Evie (our five year old) said, “I just feel I want to draw now” and then proceeded to…draw.

  5. Holly Deutsch

    Breathtaking! They truly showcased the simple beauty and raw emotions of pencil drawings. This is a case of multiples mediums and artists coming together for one masterpiece.

  6. Lisa

    Lovely. Amazing how so many people have to come together to make one short film. I loved what Mr. Keane had to say about how his drawings express himself. A lot of resonance for writers as well….

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