Scratch the surface, you'll find your journey animator.
A working life: The special effects animator
Animator Kevin Spruce brings magic to movies, creating new worlds and mystical characters for films such as The Matrix
... Spruce found employment as an "inbetweener" at Amblimation, the short-lived London animation division of Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment ... During his five years there, he became a fully fledged 2D animator. ...
The difference between animators in visual effects and animators in animated features is ... not very much.
Lots of times they're the same people.