How to become a TV animator? Top tips to inspire your kids

Legendary award-winning animators Dan Povenmire and Jeff ‘Swampy’ Marsh have some advice on how to turn a dream into reality.

As part of the BT TV Kids Summer of Fun, we’ve been encouraging parents to get their kids drawing.

Our fun Draw Patrol competition is offering a once-in-a-lifetime prize of having your own cartoon creation brought to life.

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However, even if you kids don’t win the fantastic prize, there is still a lot of fun to be have over the summer holidays with arts and crafts games.

Encouraging kids to draw their favourite TV characters isn’t just exciting and enjoyable, it could also inspire them to a become the animators of the future.

Award-winning duo Dan Povenmire and Jeff 'Swampy' Marsh credit a large part of their success in animation to their parents.

Hit play below for Dan and Swampy’s words of wisdom for any parents of aspring artists.


The duo, who have worked on The Simpsons, Family Guy, Spongebob Squarepants, Rockos Modern Lie and Phineas and Ferb, have 20 years of experience as animators and have worked with for the biggest names in the business including Hanna Barbera and Klasky Csupo.

Hit play below to watch Dan and Swampy’s quick animation guide to creating one of their newest and most popular characters Diogee – one of the stars of Disney Channel’s Milo Murphy’s Law.


Milo Murphy's Law boasts a star-studded cast including Christian Slater, Vanessa Williams, Sarah Chalke, Jemaine Clement, Sabrina Carpenter, MeKai Curtis, Chrissie Fit and Vincent Martella.

Legendary satirist and Grammy Award-winning recording artist ‘Weird’ Al Yankovic voices the title role.

Milo Murphy's Law

The show follows 13-year-old Milo Murphy, the fictional great-great-great-great grandson of the Murphy's Law namesake. Milo is the personification of Murphy's Law, where anything that can go wrong, will go wrong; but he is prepared for every possibility, armed with knowledge, a backpack full of supplies and his fearless friends, Melissa and Zack.

Together, with an endless sense of optimism and enthusiasm, the trio turn any catastrophe into an adventure.

Catch up on Milo Murphy’s Law this summer on BT TV Kids. Episodes air every day on Disney Channel, BT TV channel 480.

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