Ah, animation! Where would we be without the likes of Disney, Warner Bros., Walter Lanz, Hanna-Barbera, and dozens more like them? For many people, animation is the reason to get involved with Flash as a creative outlet. This makes perfect sense, because Flash began life more than a decade ago as an animation tool. Supplemental features like ActionScript, XML parsing, and video integration—every one of which is a tremendous addition—all followed. What hasn't changed in all these years is Flash's increasingly productive ability to help you create high-quality, scalable animation for the Web, and even for television and film.