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.
Miscredited as Bernice Hansen in a variety of animated cartoons, Bernice Edna Hansell was a voice actress known for her squealing voice in countless cartoons of the 1930′s, providing the sqeaks for Mickey Mouse, small children and animals.
This month’s explore is dedicated to the voice actor of “Owl Jolson” in this month’s featured cartoon – “I Love to Singa”. Tommy Bond was an American actor who got his start as a child in comedy series Our Gang or The Little Rascals, eventually working as a voice actor in cartoons and behind the scenes in his later years.
This month’s cartoon I Love to Singa (1936) is Tex Avery’s adaptation of The Jazz Singer, featuring a musical owl family that gives birth to 3 musical prodigies and a jazz singer.
The featured link of the month is dedicated to the recently deceased Bill Etra, a pioneer in the field of video art and a co-inventer of the Rutt/Etra Video Synthesizer system. Etra helped make the videotape an expressive artistic medium, creating a device that could mold images in real time.