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.
Mary Blair was an American animator, best known for her work with Disney Studios. Blair also worked as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator, creating advertisements, illustrating children’s books and designing murals for Disney’s theme parks.
Title-carded under Heeza Liar at Bat, this 1915 cartoon is actually Colonel Heeza Liar in the Trenches, depicting the outbreak of WWI. The cartoon operates in a 2-D world, and although there are gestures towards three dimensionality, the animation is clearly still informed by stage conventions of the time. This cartoon uses many different types of media, the newspaper, borrowing from the ‘real world’ and from cartoons, with its use of speech bubbles.
Lilian Friedman Astor was the first American female studio animator and worked at Fleischer studios.
This month’s featured link is the Billy Ireland Cartoon archive supported by the Ohio State University Libraries. The site showcases current exhibits and events, and the archive contains a database of comic books, cartoon art, image database as well as a rich selection of books and journals.