Stuart Blackton's "Humorous Phases of Funny Faces"
This first animation was crude by today's standards, however,
it set the standard for early animators.
Cohl's "Fantasmagoric" began exploring effects such
McCay animates "Little
Nemo", concentrating on rendering space, physical properties
of characters, and timing. Many animators got their start as "Lightning
Sketch Artists." These speedy artists were famous for quick,
sequential sketches at sideshows and carnivals. Known for their
accuracy and storytelling abilities, they were a creative and
quick-witted bunch. McKay got his start as a Lightning Sketch
Artist, and brought artistic style to animation.
second film, "How
a Mosquito Operates" is released
- The first
animated comic strips appear as supplements in newsreels (Mutt
and Jeff, The Newlyweds)
Bray's earliest films released
the Dinosaur", setting the precedent for the next
Bray and Earl Hurd apply for patents to simplify cartoon production
through the use of the technique that will come to be known
as cel animation
Katzenjamer Kids " series debuts
- The "Farmer
Al Falfa" cartoons by J.R. Bray and Paul Terry debuts
- The "Krazy
Kat" series makes its first appearance as a part of the
Hearst Videograph News Pictorial"
- Max Fleischer
releases the first in the series of the "Out of the Inkwell"
cartons which star KoKo the Clown. In this series of "Inkwell"
cartoons, the characters would appear out of an inkwell, go
on an adventure, get in trouble, and then return to the inkwell.
the Cat makes his debut in "Feline Follies"
Film Fables make their first appearance in theaters - John Foster
and Paul Terry serve as directors
Disney releases the first of the "Alice" comedies
- Max Fleischer
releases a series of experimental sound "Song Cartoons"
A record played simultaneously with the projector brought
sound to the otherwise silent animations.
begins a series of Bouncing Ball cartoons
German animator Lotte Reiniger releases his first film, "Adventures
of Prince Achmed"
"Oswald the Lucky Rabbit series makes its debut
Earth Control" released by the Fleischers.
World" is released bringing forth a new brand of animation.
Brought to life by Willis
O'Brien and his ingenious method of "stop-motion animation",
dinosaurs, and other creatures roamed the earth once again.
Disney and Ub Iwerks
join forces to create the first three Mickey Mouse cartoons:"The
Gallopin Gaucho," and "Steamboat
Willie" - a star is born! "Steamboat Willie"
was the first animated film with the soundtrack on the actual
film, rather than on a separate record.
premiers the first Silly Symphony cartoon, "The
Schlesinger produces the first Looney Tune, "Sinkin'
in the Bathtub"
Boop makes her first appearance in "Dizzy Dishes"
and "Barnacle Bill"
Lantz introduces the first Technicolor cartoon the "King
- Ub Iwerks
introduces Flip the Frog
- Van Beuren's
"Tom and Jerry" cartoons make their debut
- The first
Merrie Melodies cartoon, "Lady Play your
Mandolin," makes its debut
first three-strip cartoon "Flowers
and Trees" wins the Academy Award for best animation
Boop a Doop" released by Fleischer, starring (of course)
- Max Fleischer
introduces Popeye the Sailor, who goes on to become a smash
hit with spinach farmers everywhere.
Three Little Pigs" ,a political statement during
the depression. The statement-"Who's afraid of the Big
Bad Wolf?" Or perhaps it was, "Don't eat pork?"
- The first
color Merrie Melodies cartoon, "The Honeymoon
Hotel" is released
- Max Fleischer
utilizes three-dimensional sets for his "Color Classics"
Duck makes an auspicious debut in Disney's "The Wise
Pig makes his big screen debut in Merrie Melodies, "I
haven't got a Hat"
Brothers hires Tex Avery who starts the Termite Terrace
Stalling is hired as music supervisor at Warner brothers
- Max Fleisher
releases his first extra length short cartoon, "Popeye
the Sailor Meets Sinbad the Sailor."
White and The Seven Dwarfs"
introduces the multiplane camera in "The Old Mill"
Duck Hunt" introduces us to Daffy Duck.
Duck introduces us to the vocal talents of Mel
Clampett directs his first cartoon "Porky's Badtime
Jones releases his first cartoon, "The Night Watchman
Hare Hunt" introduces us to Bugs Bunny. Once again, we
witness the talents of Mel Blanc. (voice of Bugs)
Fudd makes his debut. Apparently, Porky got tired of hunting.
releases his first feature film, "Gulliver's
builds on the success of "Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs"
and releases "Pinocchio".
I wouldn't lie.
Lantz introduces "Woody Woodpecker"
introduces Tom and Jerry
Avery releases "A Wild Hare" in which Bugs Bunny
utters "What's up, Dock?" for the first time
releases the first in a series of Superman cartoons
- Bob Clampett
introduces Tweety and Beaky Buzzard
Mouse makes his debut in Terrytoons "Mouse of Tomorrow"
by Paramount Pictures, the Fleischer brothers establish Famous
makes his debut courtesy of Tex Avery
- Tex Avery
releases " Riding Hood" for MGM
- The U.S.
Army gets into the act and hires Leon Schlesinger to produce
a series of Pvt. Snafu cartoons
Schlesinger sells his cartoon studio to Warner Brothers
and Merrie melodies begin color production
and animation are married together in "Anchors
Aweigh" when Gene
Kelly and Jerry Mouse dance together on screen
the Friendly Ghost makes his debut for Famous Studios
LePew makes his debut courtesy of Chuck Jones
Freleng introduces Sylvester the Cat and Yosemite Sam for
Leghorn makes his debut at Warner Brothers
and Jeckle make their first appearance at Terrytoons
Pie" wins Warner Brothers its first Academy Award
German film studio UPA begins releasing cartoons through Columbia
- The first
TV cartoon, Crusader Rabbit is produced
- The Road
Runner and Wile E. Coyote make their debut in "Fast and
Furry-ous" This is the start of a great onscreen relationship
in which the Road Runner always eludes capture, and Wile E.
Coyote encounters numerous rocks and long drops.
new graphic style is honored with an Academy Award for "Gerald
Whistle, Plunk and Boom" in Cinemascope
- The 3-D
process moves in to the cartoon world as Donald Duck and Woody
Woodpecker appear in 3-D cartoons
Bunny makes a 3-D appearance in "Lumber Jack Rabbit"
makes a 3-D appearance
Brothers Studios introduces the Tasmanian Devil
closes its cartoon shorts unit
purchases Terrytoons from Paul Terry
closes its cartoon unit
begins a TV animation dynasty when it launches "Ruff and
Voyage of Sinbad" released by Ray
Bunny wins his first and only Oscar for "Knighty
- UPA releases
the full length feature, "1001
- Jay Ward's
"Rocky and his Friends" makes its television debut
first uses the Xerox process in "Goliath
- ABC premiers
"The Bugs Bunny TV Show" and "The Flintstones"
Studios becomes the first foreign studio to win an Academy Award
for best animation for "Ersatz"
Clampett's cartoon "Beany and Cecil" makes its debut
gets its first animated TV series in "Astro Boy"
Brothers closes its animation studio
Quest" makes its TV debut
Freleng begins releasing its series of Pink Panther theatrical
cartoons, the first of these, "The
Pink Phink" wins an Academy Award. Not a bad first
appearance if you ask me.
prime-time special "A Charlie Brown Christmas" debuts
Jones combines with Dr. Seus to create "How
The Grinch Stole Christmas"
first series "Superman" debuts
dies December 15, 1966
and Terrytoons shut down their animation studios
Beatles' Ralph Bakshi's "Fritz
the Cat" is released
Bakshi's "Wizards" is released
Bugs Bunny / Road Runner Movie" debuts at the New York Film
Freleng rejoins Warner Brothers and begins a series of TV specials
Bluth's first feature "The
Secret of NIMH" is released
enters the U.S. animation market "Inspector Gadget"
Bunny becomes the first cartoon to be honored with a star on the
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Bakshi's "Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures" is released
Spielberg presents "An
Framed Roger Rabbit", the most sophisticated blending
of live action and animation to date makes its debut
Brothers and Amblin Entertainment launch "Tiny Toon Adventures"
- A resurgence
in animation is launched with the weekly airing of "The
Rescuers Down Under" becomes the first Disney film
completed with computerized ink and paint
and the Beast" becomes the first animated film nominated
for an Academy Award for Best Picture
Ren and Stimpy Show" premiers on Nickelodeon
The Animated Series" makes its debut
mogul Ted Turner internationally launches The Turner Carton
Spielberg presents "Animaniacs"
Spielberg note, "Jurassic
Park" is released. This movie marks one of the first
attempts at creating visual effects in live action movies using
computer animation. Good dinosaurs. Yes.
Story" is released by Pixar Animation Studios. This is
the first feature length, fully computer animated film.