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Little Tora: The Abandoned Cat (1947)

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Producer(s): Nihon Doga and Toho Kyoiku Eiga

Acrobatty Bunny

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Aesop’s Fables Studio

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"Aesop's Fables Studio was a small animation studio. Aesop's Fables Studio was founded by Paul Terry in 1920 with financial support from the Keith-Albee vaudeville team in order to produce a series of animated shorts called Aesop’s Film Fables. The..."

Alexandre Alexandrovitch Alexeieff

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"Alexandre Alexeieff was a Russian Paris-based illustrator and animator best known for inventing the pinscreen and totalization animation techniques with Claire Parker.Alexeieff was born inKazan,Russiain 1901. However, the family soon moved to Istanbu..."

American Animated Films: The Silent Era, 1897-1929

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Author: Dennis Gifford

"Arranged chronologically by series, this is a complete annotated listing of all the animated films produced in the US before the advent of sound."

Andy Panda’s Victory Garden

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Producer(s): Walter Lantz

Release Date: 09/09/1942

"Andy Panda and Balmer try to plant a spring garden, but Charlie Chicken and a naughty worm have other ideas!"

Ann “Little” Rothschild

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"Ann L. Rothschild, better known as Little Ann Little, started in show business in 1925 as a part of the Greenwich Village Follies. In the early 1930s, she auditioned for the part of a new cartoon character at Fleischer Studios. Impressed by her high-..."

Astro Boy S1/E1: The Birth of Astro Boy

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Producer(s): Osamu Tezuka

Release Date: 01/01/1963

"Grief-stricken by the death of his son, Tobio, Dr. Tenma vows to create a new, robotic son in his image. The experiment is a success, but Dr. Tenma doesn't find the happiness he expected. He grows angry at the robot, that he cannot grow or act like a..."

Ballot Box Bunny

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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."

Bedtime

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Producer(s): Max Fleischer, Alfred Weiss

Release Date: 01/12/1923

"Max Fleischer leaves his creation Koko the Clown stranded on a mountain top so he can get some sleep. Koko gets off the mountain and searches for Fleischer, terrorizing New York (he's grown in size at this point) in the process. The very interesting ..."

Begone Dull Care

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Producer(s): Norman McLaren

Release Date: 1949

"This short film by Canadian animators Evelyn Lambart and Norman McLaren offers an interpretation of jazz music by the Oscar Peterson Trio by a unique style of painting colours, shapes, and transformations directly onto filmstrip. It reflects the cont..."

Bob Clampett Productions

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"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..."

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..."

Brad Bird

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"Brad started his first animated cartoon at age eleven and finished it at fourteen. The film attracted the attention of Disney Studios which offered the young legend a chance to come be mentored by Milt Kahl, one of the Nine Old Men. After graduating ..."

Broken Toys

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Producer(s): Walt Disney

Release Date: 14/12/1935

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..."

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..."

Chilly Willy – Half Baked Alaska

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Producer(s): Walter Lantz

Release Date: 01/04/1965

"Hungry and cold with a failing shoe-shine business, Chilly Willy struggles to get enough money to buy himself a stack of hotcakes."

Claire Parker

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"Claire Parker was an American engineer and animator who is best known for her collaboration with Russian animator Alexandre Alexeieff on inventing pinscreen animation.Claire Parker was born inBoston,Massachusettsto a wealthy and privileged family. Sh..."

Clayton “Bud” Collyer

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"Born in Manhattan to Clayton Johnson Heermance and Caroline Collyer as Clayton Johnson Heermance Jr., Clayton "Bud" Collyer initially intended to pursue law as his profession. While attending Fordham University, he began work as a radio singer and an..."

Crowing Pains

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Producer(s): Edward Selzer

Release Date: 12/07/1947

"Foghorn Leghorn fools a young determined chicken hawk into going after Sylvester instead of himself. But when Sylvester gets wise to him, confusion ensues!"

Daffy the Commando

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Producer(s): Leon Schlesinger

Release Date: 20/11/1943

"Daffy Duck parachutes onto a German base in WW2 and torments some Nazis. As he is shot by a cannon, he flies over (whilst holding two American flags, none the less) to a Nazi rally, and smacks Hitler with a hammer. Elements of propaganda abound, but ..."

Dick Beals

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"Born in Detroit, as a child Dick Beals was too small to play sports, instead opting to be a cheerleader. He attended Michigan State University, where he began to lend his voice to radio broadcasting. In the 1940s, Beal began to do voice acting profes..."

Dinner Time

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Producer(s): Paul Terry

Release Date: 17/12/1928 (copyright date, possibly not release date)

"An early example of sound animation. In it, animals square off against each other and then join forces against a Butcher (Farmer Alfalfa)."

Disney’s Education for Death: The Making of a Nazi

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Producer(s): Walt Disney

Release Date: 15/01/1943

"“Education for Death: The Making of a Nazi” (1943) is one of 32 animated short propaganda film that the United States government commissioned Disney to produce. Nearing bankruptcy after the financial failure of Fantasia (1940), Disney entered a c..."

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mouse

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Producer(s): Fred Quimby

Release Date: 14/06/1947

"A Tom and Jerry cartoon, riffing off of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, in which Tom concocts a deadly potion but finds that it only makes Jerry stronger."

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."

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.""

Eunice Macaulay

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"Before entering animation, Eunice Macaulay worked at Pilkington Brothers as an analytical chemist, and later during the Second World War as a radio operator. After the war, in 1948, a Christmas card Macaulay illustrated caught the attention of Gaumon..."

Excerpt from Destination Moon

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Producer(s): George Pal

Release Date: 27/06/1950

"In this excerpt from the film Destination Moon (1950), the physics of rockets and space travel are explained with the iconic cartoon character Woody Woodpecker. "

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."

Feed the Kitty

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Producer(s): Edward Selzer

Release Date: 02/02/1952

"Marc Antony meets an adorable kitten, but his mistress says he can't bring anything else into the house. He struggles to hide the kitten from her. "

Ferdinand Horvath

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"Ferdinand Horvath was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1891. He immigrated to the United States in 1921 and worked at a bunch of odd jobs in New York. He then went into set design and stage effects as well as drawing for magazine publications and book il..."

Ferdinand the Bull

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Producer(s): Walt Disney

Release Date: 25/11/1938

"Ferdinand is a quiet, peaceful young bull who only wants to stop and smell the flowers. But, when he is stung by a bee, the townspeople believe he is ferocious and take him to the bullfight ring."

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."

Flip the Frog – Spooks

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Producer(s): Ub Iwerks, Pat Powers

Release Date: 21/12/1931

"Seeking shelter from a storm, Flip and his horse arrive at a house which, unbeknownst to them, is inhabited entirely by skeletons. Flip sits through a ghoulish dinner with the head of the house before enjoying a bout of dancing with a lady skeleton. ..."

Foghorn Leghorn, “A Broken Leghorn”

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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..."

Fyodor Khitruk

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"Fyodor Savelyevich Khitruk was born May 1, 1917 in Tver, Russia. He was born into a well-off Jewish family in Russia in the middle of the Russian revolution. After watching Walt Disney Studios’s “Three Little Pigs” in 1933, he was driven toward..."

George Pal

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"George Pal was an Oscar-winning, Hungarian-born animator, director and producer, and the creator of the Paramount Puppetoons stop-motion theatrical series, as well as many celebrated science-fiction films that combined Pal's expertise in special ef..."

Gertie the Dinosaur

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Release Date: 1914

"This silent B&W film, comprised of live action and animation, follows Windsor McCay's bet that he can return a dinosaur to life through the spectacle of animation."

Grant Munro

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"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..."

Gumby Episode Three: The Little Lost Pony

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Producer(s): Art Clokey

Release Date: 23/03/1957

"Gumby is watching television when he hears of a pony escaped from a nearby storybook. He finds the lost pony stuck to a train track while he's out playing, and learns that the pony, whose name is Pokey, is not really lost at all, just bored. Pokey ta..."

Hamilton (Ham) Luske

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"Hamilton Luske was born in Chicago on October 16, 1903."

Health for the Americas: Cleanliness Brings Health

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Producer(s): The Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs

Release Date: 30/06/1945

Hell-Bent for Election

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Producer(s): Stephen Bosustow

Release Date: 1944

"It's just a normal day for Joe, a railway worker, until he realizes that two trains - the Win the War Special and the Defeatist Limited - are on their way to the same tracks. While Joe is stuck deciding which one to let pass first, a wealthy-looking ..."

Hermína Týrlová

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"Often called the mother of Czech animation, Hermína Týrlová was a pioneer in the long Czech tradition of puppet and stop-motion animation. She helped to found animation production at the major company Ziln Studios, laying further groundwork for fu..."

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."

I Love to Singa (1936)

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Producer(s): Leon Schlesinger

International Film Service

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"A subsidiary of William Randolph Hearst's International News Service, IFS was created to translate popular comic strips of the day into cartoons, making them into "living comic strips", and intended to boost paper sales. Following the successes of hi..."

Interplanetary Revolution

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Release Date: 08/18/1924

"Comrade Kominterov undertakes an intergalactic mission to defeat the capitalists and fascists of Mars, and beyond, in this experimental parody of Aelita (Protazanov, 1924)."

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..."

Jan Švankmajer

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"Jan Švankmajer is a Czechoslovakian surrealist artist, filmmaker and animator. His work revolves around the exploration of imaginative meanings within objects of the everyday specifically through their tactile qualities. Filled with grotesque imager..."

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..."

Ko-Ko Trains ‘Em

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Producer(s): Max Fleischer, Alfred Weiss

Release Date: 09/05/1925

"Ko-Ko becomes jealous of Max's attention to his young ward and her dog, and tries to create a circus by training animals, then fleas."

Krazy Kat and Ignatz Mouse at the Circus

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Producer(s): William Randolph Hearst

Release Date: 17/03/1916

"While at the circus, Krazy Kat and Ignatz Mouse enter into a rivalry over whether cats or mice are braver."

Krazy Kat Goes A-Wooing (1916)

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Lambert the Sheepish Lion

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Producer(s): Walt Disney

Release Date: 08/02/1952

"Lambert, a lion cub mistakenly delivered to a lonely ewe by a stork, struggles to fit in with a flock of sheep. Despite his ferocious appearance, the other lambs bully him, and he grows up shy, sensitive, and easily frightened. But his temperament is..."

Laugh-O-Gram Studio

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"Walt Disney incorporated Laugh-O-Gram Films, Inc. in May 1922. He set up a studio on the second floor of the McConahy Building at Thirty-first and Forest in New York City. As Paul Terry had used Aesop's Fables for the basis of his cartoons, Disney us..."

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..."

Leo D. Sullivan

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"Leo D. Sullivan began his career in 1959 after graduating from the Chouinard Art Institute. He first worked as an assistant to Warner Bros. producer Bob Clampett on the television show, Beany and Cecil. In 1965, Sullivan met fellow animator Floyd Nor..."