Khan Academy and Pixar Animation Studios have teamed up to provide a guided online learning path that details how animated feature films are made. While DVD specials have given insight into the process before, this is the first time the studio has taken a step-by-step educational approach to explain the technical and artistic intricacies of these films. If you’ve ever been caught trying to explain polygonal modeling or the difference between “cartoons” and a 3D animated feature at an awkward Thanksgiving dinner, this is a great resource to point your clueless relatives toward. (Note: it’s also great for inquisitive young minds interested in animation).

Click here for more about the Kahn Academy/Pixar collaboration – Pixar in a Box!