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.
Myron Natwick was born in Wisconsin Rapids in 1890 and died 100 years later in LA, California of pneumonia and heart disease. He is best known for creating the most popular character from Fleischer Studio, Betty Boop. She was considered the first female cartoon character to reach international fame and attention.
In this month’s featured cartoon Shiver Me Timbers, Popeye and gang stumble onto a pirate ghost ship, transforming before their eyes.The ship puts the cartoon characters in various Sisyphus-like scenarios, trapping Olive in a tickle nightmare and Wimpy in a perpetual state of chasing after hamburgers. The adventures ends as the sun rises, with the group on the ship safely as the spirits fade away in the day break. More Popeye cartoons can be found here: https://archive.org/details/MorePopeyeCartoons
Willard Bowsky was an American animator known for his work in New York at Fleischer Studios, including cartoons such as Betty Boop, Popeye the Sailor, Superman and two full length films.
This month’s featured link is the website for the academic publication, Burnt Cork, featuring a series of essays on the traditions and legacies of blackface minstrelsy. As animation is a direct descendent of minstrel traditions, which began in the 1830′s and arguably continues to this day, the essays in this book edited by Stephen Johnson considers the troubling tradition of blackface minstrelsy and the performance which has seeped its influence into music, humour, dance, film and television as well as in its role in the development of racial representations.