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 we explore and commemorate the passing of Mr. Donald Ducks in 2000, the cartoonist Carl Barks. Anonymously illustrating Donald Ducks until late in his career, Barks created incredible comics featured the duck gang, officially owned by Walt Disney Studios
In this month’s featured cartoon, Flip sees his date – a Betty Boop-like character out with another guy, and so convinces himself that he needs a face transplant. With subtle references to Flip’s status as a minstrel figure, a series of transformative plays ensue within the world of the cartoon, as Flip takes on facial masks, and a dark ending occurs between the lovers, making reference to a guillotine.
This month’s featured biography is the animator Irv Spence, sometimes credited as Irven or even Irvin Spence. Spence was an American animator best known for his work on MGM’s famous Tom and Jerry, cat and mouse series, but got his start in this month’s featured cartoon working for Ub Iwerks in Flip the Frog.
This month’s featured link is the UCLA Silent Animation Archive, preserved by the Film and Television Archive, featuring a series of 11 historically important silent animation works, accompanied with commentary as well as a timeline. This website also offers a study guide for students interested as well as information about the musical accompaniment.