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    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..."

    Frank Moser

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    "Similarly to other animators, Moser started his career as a cartoonist for newspapers and print publications. Soon, however, he turned his attention to animation, and in 1915 started working for Barré Studio, where he animated The Animated Grouch Ch..."

    Frédéric Back

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    "Frederic Back was born in Saarbrucken, Germany April 8 1924. He had emigrated to Montreal, Quebec in Canada in 1948 and had become well known as an award-winning Canadian animator/producer. He died on December 24, 2013, in Montreal, Quebec."

    Frederick Bean (Fred, Tex) Avery

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    "Tex Avery was a natural artist from a young age, he did a comic book in high school, and he went to an art college. He was famous for producing cartoons during the "Golden Age of Hollywood". He is most synonymous for the work he did for Warner Bros. ..."

    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..."

    Gertie the Dinosaur

    Filed under: animation, , , ,

    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

    Filed under: animation, , , , ,

    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

    Filed under: animation, , , , , , ,

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

    Release Date: 30/06/1945

    Heck (Henry) Allen

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    "Heck Allen was an American screenwriter, novelist and story artist who worked as a contract writer at MGM in the late 30's, writing for Harman and Ising's Barney Bear series and had a long standing collaboration with

    Hell-Bent for Election

    Filed under: animation, , , , , , ,

    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 ..."

    Hell’s Bells (1929)

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    Producer(s): Walt Disney

    Release Date: 30/10/1929

    "In this Silly Symphony, we are introduced to the many creatures of Hell. Satan sits while creatures entertain him and feed him firemilk. When Satan tries to feed a little demon to his hound Cerberus, it runs away and kicks him off the cliff of Hell."

    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..."

    Hollywood Steps Out

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    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)

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

    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)."

    Jaime Escudero & Carlos Trupp

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    "Jaime Escudero was born on June 23, 1914 in Santiago. Juan Carlos Trupp's date of birth is unknown. Escudero met Trupp as architecture students in the 1930s at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in a workshop in Santiago on the streets ..."

    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..."

    Jesse Sylvester (Vet) Anderson

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    "Jesse Sylvester (Vet) Anderson was an American animator, cartoonist, comic strip artist, and sculptor. He was nicknamed 'Vet' because he was a veteran of the Spanish American War. At the beginning of the 20th century, Anderson worked as a cartoonist ..."

    Jiří Trnka

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    "Jiří Trnka was born in Pilsen (now Plzeň), Bohemia in the Austro-Hungarian Empire on February 24, 1912. His artistic career began shortly after winning a design competition organized by Josef Skupa, who was a Czech puppeteer, in 1921. He worked wi..."

    John Whitney, Sr.

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    "John Whitney attended school at Pomona College, and in 1937, took a year in Paris to study twelve-tone composition under conductor René Leibowitz. Upon returning to America, he and his brother, James, began to make experimental films, initially work..."

    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)."

    Ken O’Connor

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    "Ken O'Connor was born in Perth, Australia, and died in Burbank California. He was a legendary Disney layout artist, designer as well as art director. During his time at Disney, he helped the studio achieve a high level of visual dynamism in their cla..."

    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..."

    Kevin Altieri

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    "Kevin Alteri is an American television director of animated cartoons. He is best known for his work on Batman: The Animated Series and Pearl Jam's music video "Do the Evolution". A versatile talent lent to a long and project filed career in animation..."

    Ko-Ko Trains ‘Em

    Filed under: animation, , , , , ,

    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

    Filed under: animation, , , , , ,

    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

    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..."

    Leo D. Sullivan

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

    "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..."

    Leon Searl

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    "Leon Searl (whose name is alternatively spelt "Leon Searle") got his start as a newspaper cartoonist, first working for the Pulitzer Papers on the comic strip "Jimmy Johnnypants" from November of 1905 to February of 1906. He later went on to write at..."

    Lillian Friedman Astor

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

    Lillian Friedman Astor

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    "Lillian Friedman Astor was born in New York City. She developed a passion for drawing as a preteen, and went on to attend Washington Irving High School, focusing on fashion design. After a brief stint as a fashion designer upon graduation, she sought..."

    Lotte Reiniger

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    "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..."

    Lotte Reiniger

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    "Charlotte "Lotte" Reiniger was born in Charlottenburg in Berlin, Germany on June 2, 1899. Reiniger originally wanted to be an actress but decided to go into filmmaking after attending a lecture hosted by Paul Wegener in Berlin about the potential..."

    Making ‘Em Move

    Filed under: animation, , , , ,

    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..."

    Making ‘Em Move (1931)

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    Manuel Perez

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    "Manuel Perez - typically credited as Manny Perez - was a Mexican-American animator who worked at Warner Bros. studios from 1938 on. He worked for Friz Freleng's unit for ten years, but they did not get along. Between 1955 and 1959 he did not work in ..."

    Margaret Bray

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    "Margaret Till Bray was a successful business woman who worked in real-estate, before meeting her husband John Randolph Bray. He installed her as the production manager at Bray Productions, a..."

    Mary Blair

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

    Mary Ellen Bute

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    "Mary Ellen Bute was born in Houston, Texas on November 21, 1906. Bute moved to New York in the 1920s and began her filmmaking career making experimental shorts that combined light and painting techniques. She collaborated with Joseph Schilling..."

    Masahiko Satoh

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    "Born in Tokyo in 1941, Masahiko Satoh is a pianist whose career has spanned six decades and over a hundred albums. His style is known for blending influences from American jazz with traditional Japanese music. Satoh's interest in music began at the ..."

    Max Fleischer

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

    "Max Fleischer was an American inventor born in Hungary, who moved to the United States with his family at the age of 4 and later became a filmmaker, animator, director and producer, famous for serving as the head of his own animation studio, Fleisch..."

    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..."

    Michael Lah

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    "Michael Lah was a noted MGM animator and director, as well as being the understudy of Tex Avery. Lah helped redesign the well-known Barney Bear character, and directed many screwball cartoons, including one that garnered him an Academy Award nomina..."

    Michael Maltese

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

    "Born in New York City to Italian immigrants, Michael Maltese studied at the National Academy of Art and Design, before landing his first animation job working as a colourist for Betty Boop cartoons, in 1935. He and his wife, Florence Sass, later move..."

    Midnight Frolics

    Filed under: animation, , , , , ,

    Producer(s): Charles Mintz

    Release Date: 24/11/1938

    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. "

    Minnie the Moocher

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

    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..."

    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..."

    Mr. Crack (1910)

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    "Cohl's adaptation of the popular French operetta "Monsieur de Crac" was based on the tales of Baron Münchhausen, a German nobleman famous for his tall-tales. In this 4 min piece, Cohl uses 2-D cut out puppets and stop-motion photography to animate..."

    Myron (Grim) Natwick

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    "Myron Natwick was born in Wisconsin Rapids in 1890 and died 100 years later in LA, California of pneumonia and heart disease. He is best known for creating the most popular character from 

    Neighbours

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    Producer(s): Norman McLaren

    Release Date: 01/01/1952

    Neighbours (1952)

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