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’s topic to explore is Walter Lantz Productions, an American studio active from the late 20′s to the 40′s, now owned by NBCUniversal, known for their popular characters Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and Woody Woodpecker.
In this vivacious sequence from Dumbo, the animators exploit the usage of point of view as deformations of the elephant body aid in creating an atmosphere of madness and lunacy onscreen. As Dumbo is in fact in a drunken stupor, the animators represent in a lively manner without direct connotations the effects of an elephant drinking alcohol, in a series of imagined hallucinations.
This month’s featured biography is the composer Oliver Wallace, a composer who contributed to over 150 Walt Disney animations in the golden age of animation. Nominated for his work in Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland, Wallace provided the Oscar-winning soundtrack for Dumbo, released in 1941.
This month’s featured link is the blog of Harvey Deneroff, self-described as ‘comments and thoughts on animation and film’. A continuation of his old Animation Consultants International site, Deneroff is an animation professor, specializing in animation as well as film theory and history. He has written books on such diverse topics such as The Art of Anastasia (1997), Storytelling in Animation (1988), as well as Animation in Asia and the Pacific (2001).