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.
Jan Švankmajer is a Czechoslovakian surrealist artist, filmmaker and animator, whose work revolves around the stop-motion animation of everyday objects and an exploration of their dark, visceral and tactile qualities.
Often called the mother of Czech animation, Hermína Týrlová was a pioneer in the long Czech tradition of puppet and stop-motion animation. She helped to found animation production at the major company Ziln Studios and produced several fundamental puppet animations.
Jan Švankmajer’s “Punch and Judy” opens with windup monkeys playing, and a mechanically synchronized family scene. The short then shifts, to focus on the traditional puppet show characters Punch and Judy as they fight to the death over the ownership of a live guinea pig.
CutPrintFilm is a cinema website which features reviews, interview, news and articles on broad topics in cinema; including this wonderful editorial on the history of stop-motion animation.