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.
Virgil Ross was an animator, cartoonist and artist – primarily known for his association with Warner Bros., working alongside legendary directors like Chuck Jones, Bob Clampett, and Tex Avery. Known for his expressive and personal style of animation, with an eye for movement, Ross brought to life characters like Bugs Bunny, Yosemite Sam, Tweety and Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote.
This month’s explore feature is courtesy of the Big Cartoon Data Base, and documents the history of animation Academy Award nominations throughout the years, starting in 1933. The BCDB is a volunteer run site and regularly collects and updates its rich catalogue of information.
This 1941 Merrie Melodies cartoon comes from the formidable Tex Avery – featuring wacky caricatures of some of the most well-known celebrities of the day – including Greta Garbo, Clark Gable and Groucho Marx. Dancing to a wild conga beat, the celebrities are framed in a variety of vignettes, partying it up in Ciro’s nightclub – referencing many of their most famous movies, personalities and notorious behaviours.
This month we are featuring the National Film Board of Canada’s race to the Oscars – featuring the nominated animation “Blind Vaysha” – which tells the story of a girl born with one eye gazed to the future, one eye to the past – with no sight on the present moment. The NFB has been integral in providing Canadian filmmakers with valuable resources, and the site is an incredible catalogue of past works made with the help of the NFB – including documentaries, animations, experimental films, fictions and interactive works.