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  • 1900s

    Ben Sharpsteen

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    "Ben Sharpsteen was born in Tacoma, Washington on November 4th, 1895 and got his start working for many of the major studios in New York including Hearst, Paramount, and Fl..."

    Émile (Eugène Jean Louis) Courtet

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    "Émile Cohl was an important early independent cartoonist and animator, who was a caricaturist in the "Incoherent Movement" and has often been called "The Father of the Animated Cartoon.""

    Fantasmagorie

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    Producer(s): Émile Cohl

    Release Date: 17/08/1908

    "A spectacle driven early silent era animation which depicted morphing stick figures and objects. Though sometimes attributed to be the first completely animated film, the animators hands are clearly visible at one point."

    Humorous Phases of Funny Faces

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    Release Date: 06/04/1906

    "Often considered to be the earliest surviving U.S. animated film. The film follows chalkboard sketches that seemingly come to life."

    Kenzō Masaoka

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    "Masaoka was one of the first Japanese animators, who also trained and guided artists who would move on to become the next generation of animators. Masaoka is credited with creating the earliest anime using cel animation and recorded sound. He has als..."

    Ōten Shimokawa

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    "Ōten Shimokawa was one of the pioneers of Japanese animation, who is believed to have produced the very first “true” anime film.Shimokawa was born in Maiyakojima Prefecture in 1892, though moved to Tokyo when we was 9. He began his working life..."