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    Alexandre Alexeieff & Claire Parker

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    "Alexeieff and Parker were a husband and wife duo who developed the animation technique of pinscreen animation in Paris ..."

    Ben “Bugs” Hardaway

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    "Ben Hardaway was an American storyboard artist, voice actor, animator and gagman during the Golden Age of American animation. Supplying the voice of Woody Woodpecker in many cartoon shorts, Hardaway was the man who gave "Bugs Bunny" his iconic name. "

    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..."

    Bosko Shipwrecked!

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    Producer(s): Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising

    Release Date: 19/09/1931

    "Bosko attempts to steer a boat through a storm to no avail. He then washes ashore only to be hassled by the local wildlife.Bosko and the lion's alternation between movement towards and away from the spectator deserves particular note for its innovati..."

    Burt Gillett

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    "Burt Gillett was one of the first novice animators to come to Walt Disney Studios and work alongside Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks. He took a number of important directorial positions at the studio, directing a few of Disney's most important early animat..."

    Candy Town (1933)

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    Release Date: 01/13/1933

    Carl W. Stalling

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    "Carl Stalling was the composer of Warner Bros. Cartoon classic Looney Tunes, serving as composer and arranger for over 22 years and averaging the completion of a score per week. Sta..."

    Dave Fleischer

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    "First generation American Jew who grew up in Manhattan. His father had emigrated from Austria in the late 1880’s. He and his brother, Max, distributed their Out of the Inkwell Series by themselves in mid-1921. Sometime in 1922 they signed with dist..."

    Egyptian Melodies

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    Producer(s): Walt Disney

    Release Date: 21/06/1931

    "A spider enters the Sphinx in Egypt. Inside he falls down stairs, hides from dancing mummies and witnesses murals come to life. He then runs away, afraid."

    Fiddlesticks

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    Producer(s): Ub Iwerks, Pat Powers

    Release Date: 16/08/1930

    "A straight forward narrative following flip and assorted animals making music."

    I Love to Singa (1936)

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    Producer(s): Leon Schlesinger

    Jam Handy Organization

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    "Jam Handy Organization was founded by Jam Handy just before the First World War. The company produced educational, advertising, and training films. During the First and Second World Wars, Jam Handy Organization animated and produced training and inst..."

    Ken Anderson

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    "Versatile talent lent to a long and project filed career in animation. Remembered best for his work as art director on Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)."

    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..."

    Laverne Harding

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    "Laverne Harding was the second female studio animator in history, and one of the first to receive onscreen credit for her work. She started out as an inker for the Walter Lantz Productions, moving on to do animation work for several of the Lantz Prod..."

    Lillian Friedman Foster

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    "Lilian Friedman Astor was the first American female studio animator and worked at Fleischer studios. "

    Making ‘Em Move

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    Release Date: 1931

    "A classic 1931's cartoon from Van Beuren Studios, Make 'Em Move depicts a mischievous female character whom stumbles in onto the scene of a cartoon factory bursting with drawings and jazz music. The animals depicted create animation much like themsel..."

    Martin Arnold Films

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    "Martin Arnold's films use segments of old American cartoons, from which he has obscured and deleted features in order to focus viewer attention on the sound, repetition and movement of specific and recurring forms.His work has been shown at 168 inter..."

    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer cartoon studio

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    "Active from 1929 to 1957, MGM produced some of the most well-known and well-liked cartoons syndicated all over the world, featuring characters such as Barney Bear, Droopy, and the now-iconic Tom and Jerry. MGM's first foray into animation was thr..."

    Milton (Milt) Kahl

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    "Milt Kahl was an renown animator and director who was a part of Disney's group of “Nine Old Men”, who created and designed many Disney characters, and whose distinctive style had a large influence within the history of the studio. "

    Minnie the Moocher

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    Producer(s): Max Fleischer 

    Release Date: 11/03/1932

    "“Minnie the Moocher” begins with a live action performance by Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner Cab Calloway of “St. James Infirmary Blues,” which segues into the Betty Boop cartoon. The cartoon begins with a typical mealtime setting i..."

    Oskar Fischinger

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    "Oskar Fischinger was a German-American painter, filmmaker and abstract animator. He invented several tools and techniques for special effects. While personally producing a vast amount of abstract fine art and film, he also collaborated with pioneer f..."

    Out of the Inkwell Films/Fleischer Studios

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    "Out of the Inkwell Films, renamed Fleischer Studios in 1929, was founded by brothers- Dave and Max Fleischer, in 1921. The Fleischers' studio was one of the most influential and successful animation studios in the silent era as well as in the Golden ..."

    Patrick Anthony (Pat) Powers

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    "Pat Powers was an influential American businessman who was involved with the film and animation developments inAmericaduring the first part of the twentieth century. His most important development being the work of Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, who he b..."

    Pigs is Pigs

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    Producer(s): Leon Schlesinger 

    Release Date: 1937

    "This 1937 Merrie Melodies short stereotypes pigs as gluttonous, insatiable beings whose mortal sins have explosive consequences. Piggy has a hunger that cannot be fulfilled, and much to the chagrin of his mother all he does throughout the day is fant..."

    Popeye the Sailor

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    Producer(s): Max Fleischer

    "This Popeye The Sailor cartoon features Betty Boop, as well as a live action intro featuring Popeye on the cover of a real newspaper. In this cartoon short Olive and Popeye go to the fun fare, and play games in attempt to win prizes, only to be usu..."

    Puddle Pranks

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    Producer(s): Ub Iwerks, Pat Powers

    Release Date: 1930

    "Flip and his sweetheart ride a cricket drawn wagon only to be pursued by a relentless stork."

    Robert Fred “Freddie” Moore

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    "Freddie Moore was a highly influential animator with Walt Disney Productions in a crucial era of its development during the 30s, up until the production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937) and the establishment of the core group of animators k..."

    Sadie Friedlander Bodin

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    "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..."

    Sammy Timberg

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    "Sammy Timberg was the musical director for Fleischer Studios and one of the most important composers of music in the history of American cartoons. Although Timberg had a long career that began in vaudeville in the 1910s, Timberg is best known for th..."

    School Days (1932)

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    Release Date: 14/05/1932

    "School Days features Flip trying to prevent his dog from coming to school with him. His dog eventually comes all the way to school, however, wreaking havoc in the classroom by chasing a skunk in. Everyone runs from the classroom, ending school early."

    Scott Bradley

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    "Scott Bradley was a film composer who wrote acclaimed music for many memorable cartoons during the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. He is best known for his work at MGM, scoring thea..."

    Seymour Kneitel

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    "Seymour Kneitel was an early American animator, most well known for his work with Fleischer Studios. After the studio closed, he headed its successor, Famous Studios."

    Shiver Me Timbers!

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    Producer(s): Fleischer Studios

    Silly Scandals

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    Producer(s): Max Fleischer, Adolph Zukor

    Release Date: 23/05/1931

    "This cartoon marks the origin of Betty Boop (at least the name anyway, the character, or at least one with an uncanny resemblance, had appeared before). Bimbo sneaks into a vaudeville theater to see Betty perform. He is enthralled with her performanc..."

    Sinkin’ In The Bathtub

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    Producer(s): Leon Schlesinger

    Release Date: 19/04/1930

    "Both racist and a blatant ripoff of Mickey Mouse, this is the first Looney Tunes cartoon. It follows Bosko bathing and then having an adventure on a tiny anthropomorphic train, during this he courts Honey."

    Terrytoons

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    "Paul Terry opened his own animation studio, called Terrytoons, in 1929.   Paul Terry is known in the animation industry for producing his cartoons quickly, and for resisting improvements. Terry’s goal was to produce cartoons at the lowest cost po..."

    The Bandmaster

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    Producer(s): Walter Lantz

    Release Date: 18/05/1931

    "Oswald conducts, and then a slew of seemingly random events ensue. Although at moments narrative causality matters, for the most part spectacle drives the cartoon (for example, when objects seemingly magically transform)."

    The Minneapolis Journal – 1937-09-06

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    Author: Carl Ed, Les Forgrave, Chester Gould, King, Lichty, J. P. McEvoy and J. H. Striebel, George McManus, Paul Robinson

    "Page 1Grin and Bear It (Lichty)Dick Tracy (Chester Gould) - "Crime Does Not Pay"Etta Kett (Paul Robinson) - "The Modern Miss"Dixie Dugan (J. P. McEvoy and J. H. Striebel) - "Thomas Slips a Mooring"Big Sister (Leslie Forgrave) - "Under Cover"Bringing ..."

    The Minneapolis Journal – 1937-09-07

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    Author: Carl Anderson, Branner, Fanny Cory, Carl Ed, Gus Edson, Les Forgrave, Chester Gould, Zane Grey, King, Lichty, J. P. McEvoy and J. H. Striebel, George McManus, William Ritt and Clarence Gray, Paul Robinson, George Swan

    "Page 1Grin and Bear it (Lichty)Dick Tracy (Chester Gould) - "Crime Does Not Pay"Etta Kett (Paul Robinson) - "The Depths of Reason"Dixie Dugan (J. P. McEvoy and J. H. Striebel) - "The Love Birds" Big Sister (Leslie Forgrave)- "As It Glitters" Bringing..."

    The Minneapolis Journal – 1937-12-06

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    Author: Carl Ed, Les Forgrave, Chester Gould, King, Lichty, J. P. McEvoy and J. H. Striebel, George McManus, Paul Robinson

    "Page 1Grin and Bear it (Lichty)Dick Tracy (Chester Gould)- "Crime Does Not Pay"Etta Kett (Paul Robinson) - "Music to His Ears"Dixie Dugan (J. P. McEvoy and J. H. Striebel) - "She Isn't Through Yet!"Big Sister (Leslie Forgrave) - "The Boys are Being W..."

    The Minneapolis Journal – 1937-12-07

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    Author: Carl Anderson, Branner, Fanny Cory, Gus Edson, Zane Grey, William Ritt and Clarence Gray, George Swan

    "Page 1Brick Bradford (William Ritt and Clarence Gray) - "What Is Brick Up To?"Little Miss Muffet (Fanny Cory) - "Something Is Wrong"Henry (Carl Anderson)- "The Wonder Child"The Gumps (Gus Edson) - "Min's Not So Dumb"King of the Royal Mounted (Zane Gr..."

    The Minneapolis Journal – 1937-12-08

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    Author: Carl Ed, Les Forgrave, Chester Gould, King, Lichty, J. P. McEvoy and J. H. Striebel, George McManus, Paul Robinson

    "Page 1Grin and Bear It (Lichty)Dick Tracy (Chester Gould)- "Crime Does Not Pay"Etta Kett (Paul Robinson) - "Happy Days!"Dixie Dugan (J. P. McEvoy and J. H. Striebel) - "Danger!"Big Sister (Leslie Forgrave) - "A Turkey is Nearby"Bringing Up Father (G..."

    The Minneapolis Journal – 1938-03-27

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    Author: Gene Ahern, Carl Anderson, Ed Anthony, Branner, Loy Byrnes, Edwina Dumm, Carl Ed, Gus Edson, Zane Grey, Chester Gould, Bill Holman, Frank King, Ed Leffingwell, Lichty, J.P. McEvoy and J.H. Striebel, George McManus, Zack Mosley, Al Posen, Paul Robinson, Sidney Smith

    "Page 1Dick Tracy (Chester Gould).Page 3Henry (Carl Anderson)The Pussycat Princess (Ed Anthony)

    The Minneapolis Journal – undated

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    Author: Edwin Alger, Carl Anderson, Branner, Fanny Cory, Carl Ed, Gus Edson, Les Forgave, Zane Grey, King, Lichty, J. P. McEvoy and J. H. Striebel, George McManus, Paul Robinson, George Swan

    " Page 1Little Miss Muffet (Fanny Cory) - "Cook's Help"Etta Kett (Paul Robinson) - "The Life of Parents"The Gumps (Sidney Smith) - "Ma's Obsession"Ben Webster's Career (Edwin Alger) - "Checking Up"Winnie Winkle, the Breadwinner (Branner) - "Doubl..."

    The Minneapolis Tribune – 1937-07-04

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    Author: Harold Gray, Martha Orr, Alex Raymond, Russ Westover, Frank Willard

    "Page 1Apple Mary (Martha Orr)The Clue of the Copper Screen (Martha Orr)Page 3Jungle Jim (Alex Raymond)Flash Gordon (Alex Raymond)

    The Minneapolis Tribune – 1937-08-30

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    Author: Walt Disney, Charles Flanders, Fonteine Fox, Harold Gray, Jimmy Hatlo, Sol Hess, Martha Orr, E. C. Segar, Chic Young

    "Page 1The Nebbs (Sol Hess) - "Crushed"Secret Agent X9  (Charles Flanders) - "Answers to the G-Man's Questions"Popeye, the Sailorman (Segar) - "Poor Little Rich Boy"Blondie (Chic Young) - "Well, It Coulda Been a Centipeed!"Mickey Mouse (Walt Disney) ..."

    The Minneapolis Tribune – 1937-12-07

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    Author: Walt Disney, Charles Flanders, Fonteine Fox, Harold Gray, Jimmy Hatlo, Sol Hess, Martha Orr, E. C. Segar, Frank Willard, Chic Young

    "Page 1The Nebbs (Sol Hess)- "Independence"Secret Agent X9 (Charles Flanders) - "Trapped in the House of Mystery"Popeye, the Sailorman (Segar) - "The Goon-Catcher"Blondie (Chic Young) - "By Way of Verification"Mickey Mouse (Walt Disney) - "A Double in..."

    The Minneapolis Tribune – 1937-12-08

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    Author: Walt Disney, Charles Flanders, Fonteine Fox, Harold Gray, Jimmy Hatlo, Sol Hess, Martha Orr, E. C. Segar, Chic Young

    "Page 1The Neebs (Sol Hess) - "Money Shouts"Secret Agent x9 (Charles Flanders) - "A Startling Message" Popeye, the Sailorman (E.C. Segar) - "Goon-Bait"Blondie (Chic Young) - "Expressing His Feelings" Mickey Mouse (Walt Disney) - "A Surprising Denial..."

    The Minneapolis Tribune – 1938-03-27

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    Author: Billy DeBeck, Walt Disney, Fontaine Fox, Harold Gray, Sol Hess, Jim Murphy, Martha Orr, Alex Raymond, E.C. Segar, O. Soglow, Brandon Walsh, Frank Willard, Chic Young, Lyman Young

    "Page 1Sappo (E.C. Segar)Thimble Theatre (E.C. Segar)Page 3It's Papa Who Pays! (Jim Murphy)Toots and Casper (Jim Murphy)

    The Minneapolis Tribune – 1938-04-10

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    Author: Bill DeBeck, Walt Disney, Fontaine Fox, Sol Hess, Jimmy Murphy, Martha Orr, E.C. Segar, Clarence D. Russell, O. Soglow, Brandon Walsh, Russ Westover, Frank Willard, Chic Young, Lyman Young

    "Page 1 Tillie the Toiler (Russ Westover).Page 3Colonel Potterby and the Duchess (Chic Young)Blondie (Chic Young)

    The Minneapolis Tribune – 1938-04-17

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    Author: Bill DeBeck, Walt Disney, Fontaine Fox, Jimmy Murphy, Alex Raymond, Clarence D. Russell, E.C. Segar, O. Soglow, Brandon Walsh, Russ Westover, Frank Willard, Chic Young, Lyman Young

    "Page 1Sappo (E.C. Segar)Thimble Theatre (E.C. Segar)Page 3Bunky (Bill DeBeck)Barney Google (Bill DeBeck) 

    The Minneapolis Tribune – 1938-12-09

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    Author: Charles Flanders, Fontaine Fox, Harold Gray, Jimmy Hatlo, Sol Hess, Segar, Willard, Chic Young

    "Page 1The Neebs (Sol Hess) - "Friendly Enemies"Secret Agent X9 (Charles Flanders) - "A Microscopic Clue!"Popeye, the Sailorman (Segar) - "Caught With a Carrot"Blondie (Chic Young) - "It's Daisy's Inning"Little Orphan Annie (Harold Gray) - "The Ticket..."

    The Minneapolis Tribune – Undated

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    Author: Billy DeBeck, Martha Orr, E.C. Segar, Brandon Walsh, Chic Young, Lyman Young,

    "Page 1Thimble Theatre (E.C. Segar)Page 3Apple Mary (Martha Orr)

    Three Little Pigs

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    Producer(s): Walt Disney

    Release Date: 27/05/1933

    "The story of the three little pigs with minor variations including the wolf's attempts to outsmart the pigs."

    Tommy Bond

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    "Tommy Bond was an American actor who got his start in the industry as a child at the age of 5. Bond passed away in 2005 due to heart disease. "

    Ub Iwerks Studio

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    "Ub Iwerks Studio was a short lived animation studio in the 1930s.  Ub Iwerks, one of the closest partners of Walt Disney in the 1920s, decided to open his own animation studio after he was offered financial support from Pat Powers. Flip the Frog was..."

    Van Beuren Studios

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    "Van Beuren Studios was an animation studio in the 1930s.  After Paul Terry left Aesop's Fables Studio, due to a disagreement over sound with his partner, Amadee J. Van Beuren, Van Beuren reorganized the studio, prepared it for the production of soun..."

    Vladimir William (“Bill”) Tytla

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    "Vladimir Tytla worked as an animator for several studios, including his own. His happiest times, and best work, were done at Disney Studios where he felt a certain atmosphere of artistry and care for the animated product, which fed his deep interest ..."

    Walt Disney Studio

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    "Walt Disney's Studio first found its headquarters in Burbank, California. A personal winner of of twenty Academy Awards within his lifetime, with a total of 63 total nominations, as well as 4 Special or Honorary Oscars, Disney is remembered as an ico..."