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.
Les Clark was the first animator to join the famous team called “Disney’s Nine Old Men,” and became a key person in the development of Mickey Mouse. He worked on numerous famous Disney features, and was the longest continuously employed member of the Walt Disney Studio.
Burt Gillett was one of the first novice animators to come to Walt Disney Studios and work alongside Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks. He took a number of important directorial positions at the studio, directing a few of Disney’s most important early animated shorts. He went on to hold an explosive position running Van Beuren Studios, working in the business until labour trouble in 1940.
In this Silly Symphony, we are introduced to the many creatures of Hell. Satan sits while creatures entertain him and feed him firemilk. When Satan tries to feed a little demon to his hound Cerberus, it runs away and kicks him off the cliff of Hell.
Alla Gadassik is a media scholar, teacher and maker who primarily explores the question “what happens when we are making moving images?” Gadassik looks at and creates motion media involving the role of bodily movement and gesture, seeking to understand the relationships between motion, media and viewer.