Call for Entries – Introducing Cartoon Crunch Sponsored by Wacom

July 31, 2020

Our call for entries is now closed. Please click here for the latest on Cartoon Crunch.


The excitement of a new school year is just around the corner – new supplies, new friends, new lessons, new challenges… What if we told you we have a special treat that holds all of these possibilities? With the help of Mike Morris, animation all-star and creator of the LightBox Animation Dance Party and Panelpalooza, we’re kicking off the school year with the ultimate animation assignment: Cartoon Crunch!

What is Cartoon Crunch?

Cartoon Crunch is a reality show-type mini-series about the process, pitfalls and breakthroughs of making cartoons, all in the course of one week. Two teams of four student animators will be selected to take on the task of creating an animated short with the guidance of professional mentors in story, production design and animation. Did we mention it’s all remote? Raise your hand if you’re up for the challenge!

The assignment

We’re challenging our animation teams to create a cartoon that depicts what creative collaborations will look like in the future. The cartoon should be 45 seconds or less. While studio-level sound isn’t expected, we encourage our animation teams to push the limits!

Who can compete?

We’re calling all college juniors and seniors in the US, Canada and Latin America* who are looking to break into the animation industry.


To be considered, you must have the following:

  • Webcam, preferably one with the ability to capture 1080p video
  • A computer with screen recording capabilities
  • A secondary camera for recording additional “in-action” footage

The judges and organizers of Cartoon Crunch are all located in North America, therefore all entries must be in English and all mentorship will be provided during PST.

How to enter

To enter, please submit the following items to

  • Your animation portfolio – show us what you can do! What is your specialty? Overall, we’re looking for sharp, well-rounded portfolios. PDF or movie files are acceptable. Please limit your PDF to 10 pages maximum.
  • A video of you answering the following questions: Who are you? What do you do in the animation realm? What are your aspirations?

Deadline to enter

Entries will be accepted until August 21 at 11:59pm PST.

Winners will be chosen and notified by August 22.

How will participants be selected?

Submissions will be carefully reviewed by Mike Morris and the Wacom Community Team.


Each student animator will receive a Wacom One and Wacom-sponsored stipend of $1500!

I’m not an animator, but I want to participate!

We will be releasing a five-part mini-series over the course of five days with live watch parties each day. After each episode, a live Q&A with the professional mentor featured in the episode of that day will take questions from the chat and offer general production tips.

And for the final celebration, we welcome everyone to join us for a special Popcorn Premiere Party which will include a short panel with our student animators and the debut of the final cartoon animations!

Stay tuned for release dates.


For official contest terms and conditions, click here.

Entries from Venezuela cannot be considered due to shipping restrictions*

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