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.
Jules Engels was a prolific American animator, artist, director and teacher, where he founded the Experimental Animation program at the California Institute of the Arts, where he worked until his death in 2003.
This month’s featured cartoon stars the spirited Bugs Bunny, comfortable in his rabbit hole, until a circus comes to town. Setting down their tents stomping the ground above with elephants and then the aggressive dog-like lion, a chase ensues with Bugs and lion. Much like the month of March itself, this cartoon comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb, leading to Bug’s eventual performative domination of the lion, playing music and making the cat dog dance the hula in a hawaiian costume.
Warren Foster was an American animator, writer and composer, known for his music work first at Warner Bros. and later at Hanna-Barbera.
A self-described “life-size” animated short, The Bigger Picture Film plays effectively with multiple planes of 2-D and 3-D realities, telling a story in stop-motion about two brothers struggling to care with their elderly mom. Created by Daisy Jacobs, a director based out of UK, who created The Bigger Picture on BAFTA scholarship funding, this short asks universal questions about parenthood and aging, a darkly humorous tale.