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.
Pat Matthews was an American animator who got his start as an inbetweener for Walt Disney in 1938. Later, Matthews went to work at Walter Lantz, becoming an animator there, and later at UPA. He worked on such well-known animations such as Rooty Toot Toot and Tell Tale Heart, an Edgar Allen Poe adaptation.
The featured cartoon of the month is the Sliphorn King of Polaroo, a 1945 cartoon produced by Walter Lantz for Universal. Featuring jazz great Jack Teagarden as an animated trombone-playing sailor who crashes into the arctic landscape as well as the continuing character Wally Walrus, the animation plays on the notion of hipness and underworld culture (or top of the world culture in this case – of the north pole), associated for animators and viewers alike with jazz music and more broadly, African-American culture.
Ben Hardaway was an American storyboard artist, voice actor, animator and gagman during the Golden Age of American animation. Supplying the voice of Woody Woodpecker in many cartoon shorts, Hardaway was the man who gave “Bugs Bunny” his iconic name.
This month’s featured link is the UCLA’s Animation Workshop, as a part of the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media, UCLA School of Theater Film and Television. The MFA program’s philosophy is extremely open ended toward experimentation, and they encourage students to find their own meaning in discovering what animation can be. The showcase section features a selection of past student works as well as gallery images and an animation focused journal publication.