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.
Grant Munro was an animator, actor, producer and filmmaker with the National Film Board of Canada. He was one of the board’s earliest and longest serving members, and the recipient of several awards for his film and animation work.
One of the most influential animators in Canadian history, McLaren worked largely for the National Film Board of Canada. McClaren won over two hundred international awards, including an Oscar, and was best known for developing the animation technique of pixillation.
Norman McLaren’s Oscar-winning animated short film Neighbours (1952) features two neighbours who live in identical harmony. One day they are overjoyed to spot a flower growing between their properties. Soon however they begin to battle over who owns the flower, leading to their ultimate destruction.
The National Film Board of Canada was established in 1939, and has remained a leading support and collaborative base for Canadian directors, filmmakers and animators, many of whom have won numerous awards for their work. The board’s official site features a special section on animation, selecting some of the finest animated work produced by the NFB.