Welcome to the Early Animation Wiki! We are a collaborative place to share information on the early days of animation.
Find biographical information on animators, directors, background artists, composers voice actors, and more. Pictured: Tex Avery.
Watch examples of early animation, complete with links to information about the cartoons, their makers, and their studios.
Histories of the studios responsible for producing and distributing early animation.
Find information on early animators, animation studios, artistic movements, influences, and more in books, journal and magazine articles, and links to websites, blogs, and collections.
Frank Tashlin was a legendary Oscar nominated director, writer, producer who was among the first to transition from directing animated cartoons at Warner Bros. into live-action comedic features.
This article by Samantha Blackmon examines the history of racism in 1930s animation with regards to the new video game Cuphead, a hand-animated game which directly evokes the styles and tropes of 1930s animations.
A “run and gun” platformer game entirely hand drawn and based on 1930s cartoons, this animated trailer reveals how the game Cuphead also draws on the problematic racial implications of 1930s animation.
This online companion to Nic Sammond’s book Birth of an Industry: Blackface Minstrelsy and the Rise of American Animation (Duke University Press, 2015) explores the historical relationship between blackface minstrelsy and the origins of the American animation industry with original media examples.