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  • 1950s

    Ballot Box Bunny

    Filed under: animation, , , , , , ,

    Producer(s): Edward Selzer

    Release Date: 06/10/1951

    "A political Warner Bros. cartoon in which Yosemite Sam runs a violent campaign for mayor against his challenger Bugs Bunny."

    Bob Clampett Productions

    Filed under: studio, , , , , , , , , ,

    "Bob Clampett left Warner Bros. in 1946 to open his own studio, Bob Clampett Productions in 1948. As many writers and fans point out, Clampett was as much fascinated with animation as he was with puppetry. As part of his new studio, Clampett created a..."

    Dave Fleischer

    Filed under: people, , , , , , , , ,

    "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..."

    Foghorn Leghorn, “A Broken Leghorn”

    Filed under: animation, , , , , , , ,

    Producer(s): John Burton Sr.

    Release Date: 26/09/1959

    "The cartoon opens with three hens gossiping about Miss Prissy, who has failed to produce any eggs. Foghorn Leghorn decides to help her out by placing another hen’s egg in her nest. When the egg hatches, Foghorn Leghorn is affronted when he discover..."

    Grant Munro

    Filed under: people, , , , , , , , , , , ,

    "Grant Munro was an animator, actor, producer and filmmaker with the National Film Board of Canada, who was instrumental in many of the first developments of the film board and its associated studios. He was one of the board's earliest and longest ser..."

    Jam Handy Organization

    Filed under: studio, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

    "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..."

    Laverne Harding

    Filed under: people, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

    "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..."

    Lotte Reiniger

    Filed under: people, , , , , ,

    "Lotte Reiniger was a German animator who adapted the art of shadow-plays to film, pioneering and perfecting the technique of silhouette animation using her own inventions. One such silhouette film, The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) is considered..."

    Martin Arnold Films

    Filed under: resource, , , , , , ,

    "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..."

    Mary Blair

    Filed under: people, , , , , , , , ,

    "Mary Blair was an American animator, best known for her work with Disney Studios."

    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer cartoon studio

    Filed under: studio, , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

    "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

    Filed under: people, , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

    "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. "

    Motor Mania

    Filed under: animation, , , , ,

    Producer(s): Walt Disney

    Release Date: 30/06/1950

    "In this Goofy cartoon from the 50's, a Jekyll and Hyde dynamic illustrates how Mr. Walker, who is friendly and normally mild tempered turns into Mr. Wheeler, a crazed maniac who experiences road rage when behind the wheel of an automobile. An intere..."

    Neighbours (1952)

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    Oliver Wallace

    Filed under: people, , , , , , ,

    "Born in England, Wallace studied music widely, in London as well as in Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles. First relocating to Canada in 1904, Oliver eventually settled in the United States, becoming a citizen 10 years later in 1914. After compl..."

    Paramount Cartoon Studios/Famous Studios

    Filed under: studio, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

    "Famous Studios, renamed Paramount Cartoon Studios in 1956, was the animation division of Paramount Pictures.  The studio was formed in 1942 after Paramount took over Fleischer Studios in 1941, when the Fleischer brothers were not able to repay their..."

    Rooty Toot Toot (1952)

    Filed under: animation, , , , , ,

    Release Date: 1952

    "This cartoon depicts with transfiguring lines and shapes a courtroom-style musical drama. Characters are called up to the stand, each telling their side of the story, flashing back to each scene punctuated by the musical script. The opening sequence ..."

    Sadie Friedlander Bodin

    Filed under: people, , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

    "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..."

    Seymour Kneitel

    Filed under: people, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

    "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."

    Storyboard Studios/Hubley Studios

    Filed under: studio, , , , , , , , , , ,

    "After John Hubley was blacklisted by HUAC (House Un-American Activities Committee) for not testifying before the committee, he had to leave his position at United Productions of America (UPA) in 1952 and as a result founded his own independent animat..."

    Terrytoons

    Filed under: studio, , , , , , , , , , , ,

    "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 Grasshopper and the Ant (1954)

    Filed under: animation, , ,

    Release Date: 1954

    Vladimir William (“Bill”) Tytla

    Filed under: people, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

    "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

    Filed under: studio, , , , , , , , , , , ,

    "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..."

    Ward Walrath Kimball

    Filed under: people, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

    "Ward Kimball was a prolific animator for Walt Disney, part of the earliest team of core animators known as "Disney's Nine Old Men." While extremely influential, his importance in the early days of Disney has meant that biographers have encountered se..."