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.
Every month we feature a new topic, from a specific animator, to a studio, to a style of animation. This month’s topic is Van Beuren Studio, founded first in 1920 through the partnership of Paul Terry and Amedee J. Van Beuren.
In this absurd Felix the Cat cartoon selected for March, Felix and his creator schemes on how to make enough money to get to Hollywood. Felix raises enough money through a prank and folds himself into a briefcase and finds himself on the set of Hollywood – where he finds a start in the movies. He eventually encounters Charlie Chaplin and in the end, he garners attention for saving a man from three oversized mosquitos, finding himself having stumbled onto a a Hollywood set. The cartoon ends abruptly with the director giving him one of those “long term contracts”.
This month’s featured biography is that of Art Babbitt, animator of Geppetto in Pinnochio, the Wicked Queen in Snow White, and the Stork in Dumbo. Working for Walt Disney, he developed Dippy Dog into Goofy, one of the stars of the studio. As a union activist, he also acted as a thorn in Disney’s side.
In this month’s link, we mourn the loss of American animator Michael Sporn, who started his own animation company back in the 80′s. He created animated shorts for children, as well as a number of successful adaptations of children’s books, including Doctor Desoto, which was nominated for an Academy Award. Moreover, two of his animated short films – Champagne and Whitewash – deal with the serious issues of racism. At the time of his passing, Sporn was working on an animated feature based on the life of Edgar Allen Poe. He will be greatly missed.