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.
Sadie Bodin was an extremely influential animator, being the first to picket an animation studio during the fight for animation workers’ rights in the 1930s. Bodin was also one of the few women animators to move up into managerial positions, becoming Animation Coordinator for several New York studios.
Harry M. Benshoff is a professor and researcher in media arts, researching extensively about film theory, film genre, multiculturalism, film history, queer theory and animation labour.
This 1931 cartoon by the Van Beuren Studios creates a fantasy in which cartoon characters create themselves in sweatshop conditions.
Kirsten Thompson’s essay on the Animation Studies Online Journal, “Quick–Like a Bunny!” The Ink and Paint Machine, Female Labor and Color Production, examines the relationship of color, labor and gender in ink and paint production lines.