In Esther Leslie’s ‘Traces of Craft’ Walter Benjamin is quoted to say that “the hand is made redundant by technological advance”(1998). He believed that due to the mechanical age real craftsmanship was being lost in the mass production of products. Cel animation ‘a transparent sheet on which objects are drawn or painted for traditional, hand-drawn animation” (Wikipedia) is a technique that has all but been fazed out of the animation process with the popularity of 3D animation, vector based programs like flash, and even the introduction of 3D printing into stop motion. In my example I interviewed Thomas Urquhart on the reasons for why he chose this particular animation technique, how he created it, how long it took and where he was at the time of its creation. The creation process of this animation was long and laborious and yet the length is only 13 seconds. The animation itself could likely be replicated in less than half that time, taking far less effort with the use of new animation technologies but the outcome would be very different, or at least that is what I believe. The character that comes with the hand drawn images would be lost with the use of computer generated vector imagery for it is the minute flaws in the animation that gives it, its character and that is what Benjamin was afraid of, the loss of the “story” within the end product when it is mass produced by a machine and not by hand.