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.
This month’s featured biography is that of the recently deceased Tyrus Wong, incredible animator, artist, and storyboard staff artist for Hollywood studios in the 1930′s to 60′s. Wong will be remembered for his work on Bambi, and was named a Disney Legend in 2001.
This month’s Explore focuses on Ward Kimball, a gifted draftsman and animator, who later in his career became one of Disney’s Nine Old Men. A hobbyist jazz trombonist, Kimball had a prolific career at Disney Studios, animating films classic Disney films, amongst them Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, Cinderella. He even directed live-actions specials about space exploration in the late 50′s!
This month’s featured cartoon – Reason and Emotion (1943), was a propaganda film made during WWII, depicting the development of reason and emotion in a person’s brain. Perhaps acting as an influence to the recent film Inside Out, this short depicts the “angels” and “demons” of the inner mind, reaching mid-short into Hitler’s to psyche and giving the audience a glimpse into his sordid mind.
This month’s link of the month features a segment from Cartoon Brew’s youtube. It showcases the young Ward Kimball – our explore for this month, animator and creator of Jiminy Cricket of Pinocchio. Kimball was a gifted draftsman, eventually becoming an animator at Disney Studios. In his later years, he became known as one of Disney’s Nine Old Men, and in this short clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lc9mn3fDWQc – you can get a sense of his great humour!