I'm talking like The Simpsons, Family Guy, etc. These shows blend 2-D and 3-D together, and are very high quality or "sharp", and they're not manually animated by hand much, if at all.
In some cartoons from several years ago, preferably Ed, Ed, & Eddy, they actually do appear to be animated by hand manually for a degree of it, or pretty much all.
What I want to know is how modern animators do this now. It's not like how they were made in the 30s, 40s, and 50s, where they would literally draw each frame by hand, pretty much, and use radiation to emulsify the pictures on to film stock with sound combined and the like.
Nowadays, I bet they use animation software to automate some of the process, and the characters, i presume, can be digitally-drawn by hand or with another HID device and combined with layers/etc. Could anyone clarify this a bit more though? I've looked around; not much info.
NOTE: I am new, and although I have drawn and animated before, I've only used dated methods, such as Pro Motion 6 and Draw, and found it tedious and tiresome to get much done.