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    Nikolai Khodataev

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    "Born in the village of Konstantinovsk in 1892, the son of a wealthy tsarist official, Nikolai Khodataev took painting lessons in his youth, eventually enrolling in the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture, at the age of twenty. In ..."

    Oliver Wallace

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    "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..."

    Oswald – All Wet

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    Producer(s): Charles Mintz, George Winkler

    Release Date: 31/10/1927

    "Oswald has a hotdog stand that is plagued by mice. He closes the stand to pursue Fanny romantically. After Fanny rejects Oswald's advances, he bribes a lifeguard to let him take over in order that Oswald can impress Fanny. After Fanny notices Oswald ..."

    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..."

    Otto Messmer

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    "Messmer was a legendary American cartoonist and animator, who was best know as the creator of Felix the Cat, who is considered the first major cartoon star."

    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 ..."

    Panda! Go, Panda!

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    Producer(s): Shunzo Kato

    Release Date: 17/09/1972

    "While her grandmother is out of town, Mimiko, a young orphan, befriends a giant panda bear and his son."

    Paramount Cartoon Studios/Famous Studios

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    "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..."

    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..."

    Popeye the Sailor: Seasin’s Greetinks!

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    Producer(s): Max Fleischer

    Release Date: 17/12/1933

    "Popeye and Olive Oyl go for a skate on a chilly winter day. Bluto tries to spoil their fun, but of course he's no match for Popeye and his spinach. "

    Punch and Judy (1966)

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    Rudy Ising

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    "Ising began his animation career first working for Walt Disney, and was the lifelong business partner of Hugh Harman, producing Oscar-winni..."

    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..."

    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."

    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."

    Shaman

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    Producer(s): Kat Baulu

    Release Date: 2017

    "An Inuk shaman turns a terrifying polar bear into stone."

    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."

    Snow White (1933)

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    Space Ghost: “The Heat Thing”

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    Release Date: 10/09/1966

    "Space Ghost imagines intergalactic adventures through the superhero Space Ghost and his sidekicks Jace and Jan, and their pet monkey Blip, who assist in keeping outer space free from trouble. Space Ghost was pivotal in the rising popularity of superh..."

    Special Delivery

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    Producer(s): Derek Lamb

    Release Date: 1978

    "Ralph Phelps ignores his wife's orders to clean the snow off their porch and goes for a walk instead. His day spirals into anarchy when he returns to find the mailman on his front yard, his neck broken from slipping and falling down the stairs."

    Spring Hits a Snag (1961)

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    Release Date: 1961

    Steamboat Willie

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    Producer(s): Walt Disney, Roy O. Disney

    Release Date: 29/07/1928

    "The first Mickey Mouse cartoon with synchronized sound. Disney agonized over the synchronization of sound to the animation in Steamboat Willie. The cartoon also introduces a prototypical Minnie mouse. Mickey's pretty much a jerk within the narrative ..."

    Stephen and Timothy Quay (Brothers Quay)

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    "Stephen and Timothy Quay are identical twin brothers and animators, working together as the Quay Brothers. They are extremely influential in the field of stop-motion animation, creating dark and esoteric works that have built on several fascinating a..."

    Storyboard Studios/Hubley Studios

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    "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..."

    Swing Shift Cinderella (1945)

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    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 Band Concert

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    Producer(s): Walt Disney

    Release Date: 23/02/1935

    "Mickey and his friends Peter Pig, Paddy Pig, Horace Horsecollar, Clarabelle Cow, and Goofy try to put on an outdoor concert. As they attempt to play the William Tell Overture they face many problems, chief among them Donald Duck and a pesky bee. "

    The Cobweb Hotel (1936)

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    The Flintstones: Cave Scout Jamboree

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    Producer(s): William HannaJoseph Barbera

    Release Date: 01/04/1966

    "After flooding the quarry where he works, Fred is laid off work for a few days. He convinces Wilma and Betty to accompany he and Barney on a camping trip, promising them a peaceful getaway. However, when they learn that their campground is the site o..."

    The Mad Scientist

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    Producer(s): Max FleischerAdolph Zukor

    Release Date: 26/09/1941

    "When a mad scientist holds Lois Lane hostage, only Superman can save her, and the rest of the city, from his diabolical plot."

    The Mascot (1934)

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    Producer(s): Gelmafilm

    The National Film Board of Canada

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    "The National Film Board of Canada was established in 1939, and has remained a leading support and collaborative base for Canadian directors, filmmakers and animators, many of whom have won numerous awards for their work. The board's official site fea..."

    The Tell-Tale Heart

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    Producer(s): John HubleyStephen Bosustow

    Release Date: 27/12/1953

    "Based on Edgar Allan Poe's short story of the same name. The caretaker of an old man suffers paranoid delusions surrounding his employer's blind eye. In a fit of rage, he murders the old man and hides his body under the floorboards. Facing police inv..."

    The Yogi Bear Show: Ring-a-Ding Picnic Basket

    Filed under: animation, , , , ,

    Producer(s): William HannaJoseph Barbera

    Release Date: 1961

    "Ranger Joe buys a new booby-trapped picnic basket to discourage Yogi Bear's picnic-stealing habits, but it's all for naught. However, when Yogi hears Ranger Joe talking on the phone about shooting an animal and shipping it to the zoo, he assumes that..."

    Tom Sito

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    "Tom Sito is a highly influential American animator, animation historian and teacher, who has often been considered one of the key figures in the Disney Renaissance."

    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 ..."

    Ward Walrath Kimball

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    "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..."

    What’s Opera, Doc?

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    Producer(s): Edward Seizer

    Release Date: 06/07/1957

    "In this parody of Wagner's The Ring Cycle, Elmer Fudd plays a viking endowed with a spear, magic helmet, and undying drive to kill the rabbit."

    William C. (Bill) Nolan

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    "Nolan was a innovative film animator and director during the early days of sound animation, working mostly with Walter Lantz and J.R. Bray<..."

    William Hanna and Joseph Barbera

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    "William Hanna and Joseph Barbera were two animators from MGM who began their own animated television studio, Hanna-Barbera Productions; a studio which would dominate and transform the industry from the 60s to the end of the century.William Denby “B..."