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    A Wild Hare

    Filed under: animation, , , , ,

    Producer(s): Leon Schlesinger

    Release Date: 27/07/1940

    "The first Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd cartoon. Elmer is hunting rabbits, and Bugs is no simple target. The cartoon would be often imitated."

    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..."

    Animating Culture: Hollywood Cartoons from the Sound Era

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    Author: Eric Loren Smoodin

    "The author analyzes the animated short film and argues that cartoons appealed to a wide audience, not just children, and did indeed contribute to public debate about political matters. He examines issues often ignored in discussions of animated film..."

    Arthur (Art) Babbitt

    Filed under: people, , , , , ,

    "Art was born in Omaha of Russian Jewish ancestry. Soon after High School he took himself to New York where he slummed around doing odd jobs and eating stale food to put himself through Columbia College Pre Med. He tried some jobs drawing cartoons and..."

    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."

    Bedtime

    Filed under: animation, , , , , ,

    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 ..."

    Before the Animation Begins: The Art and Lives of Disney Inspirational Sketch Artists

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    Author: John Canemaker

    "The author documents the lives and works of Disney's "inspirational sketch artists" from the 1930s to the present. These are the people who prepare preliminary sketches and visualize all the details surrounding each character in the initial creative ..."

    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. "

    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!

    Filed under: animation, , , , ,

    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 ..."

    Building a Company: Roy O. Disney and the Creation of an Entertainment Empire

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    Author: Bob Thomas

    "This book depicts the Disney brothers' unique relationship. The book presents the business acumen of Roy in such matters as licensing, the forming of the original Mickey Mouse Clubs and the retention of TV rights of Disney products as early as the 19..."

    Burt Gillett

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

    "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)

    Filed under: animation, , , ,

    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..."

    Charles Augustus Nichols (“Nick”)

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    ""Nick" Nichols was an Academy Award winning animator and director who first came into prominence working for Disney Studios, hired on December 31st, in 1937. In years to come he would work ..."

    Chuck Jones

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    "Chuck Jones was a 14 time Oscar nominee who created over 300 hundred animated films, including some of Warner Bros. most memorable cartoon characters, as well as producing many television specials, and full-length features."

    Colonel Heeza Liar in the Trenches

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    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 ..."

    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..."

    Dinner Time

    Filed under: animation, , , , , ,

    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)."

    Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mouse

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

    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."

    Earl Hurd

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    "Hurd was a pioneering American animator who worked at the beginning of the early animation age, noted for creating the silent animated short Bobby Bumpbs, and working for John Randolph Bray's company Bray Productions. Together, the pair developed ..."

    Egyptian Melodies

    Filed under: animation, , , , , ,

    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."

    Emanuel (Mannie) Davis

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    "Davis began his career in 1918 at Barré Studio where he worked on the Mutt and Jeff series. He left the studio in 1922 and moved to Fleischer Studios to work on the Out of the Inkwell series. After leaving the Fleischers in 1924, Davis joined Aesop..."

    Feline Follies

    Filed under: animation, , , ,

    Producer(s): Pat Sullivan

    Release Date: 01/09/1919

    "Master Tom (who would later be renamed Felix the Cat) falls in love with Miss Kitty White. While he is out romancing her, mice create a mess. Master Tom is thrown out due to his ineffective pest control. When he returns to Miss Kitty White he finds a..."

    Felix Goes to Hollywood

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    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 – Funny Face

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    Floyd Ernest Norman

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    "Floyd Norman is an American animation legend responsible for directing a number of feature animated films for Walt Disney Studios, including Sleeping Beauty (1959), One Hundred and One Dalmations (1961), and The Jungle Book (1967). Having worked fo..."

    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..."

    Hanna-Barbera Cartoons

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    Author: Michael Mallory

    "This is an examination of the career of Bill Hanna and Joe Barberra from the 1940s to 1990s. The topics covered in this book include the MGM years, the beginning of their own studio, and the description of the most famous animations and cartoons prod..."

    Hell’s Bells (1929)

    Filed under: animation, , , , , ,

    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..."

    Hugh Harman

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    "Hugh Harman was a three time Oscar nominated animator who founded the MGM Animation Studios as well as Warner B..."

    Humorous Phases of Funny Faces

    Filed under: animation, , , , ,

    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

    Isadore Sparber

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    "An animator born in America, Sparber first got his start in animation through the Fleischer Studios in 1922. Contributing as an uncredited writer to Superman, Betty Boop and Popeyes cartoons, as well as on Fleischer features Gulliver's Travels,..."

    James (Jim) Davis

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    "Davis started in the animation industry as an in-betweener for Walt Disney Productions in 1936. In the same year, he became an animator at Harman-Ising Productions, later at Leon Schlesinger Productions, and Fleischer Studios. While at the later stud..."

    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..."

    John Foster

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    "John Foster began his career in animation at Aesop’s Fables Studio along side such animators as Paul Terry, Frank Moser and Mannie Davis, among others. He continued to work on the Aesop’s Fables series at Van Beuren Studios from 1929 to 1932. The..."

    John Nelson (Jack) Carey

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    "Carey's entire career in the field of animation is associated with Leon Schlesinger Productions/Warner Bros. Cartoons, where he started in 1935 as in-betweener and assistant animator for Looney Tunes, and Merrie Melodies. After two years at the studi..."

    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..."

    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 Goes A-Wooing (1916)

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    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..."

    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

    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..."

    Margaret Mintz nee Winkler

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    "A crucial figure in the history of the American animation industry, Margaret Winkler was the first woman to produce and distribute animated films, including early works of the Dave and

    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..."

    Mary Blair

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

    Maurice Noble

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    "Maurice Noble was one of the most well-respected animation designers and layout artists of the age of Golden American Animation, and a self-proclaimed "rebel" who worked for Walt Disney as ..."

    Max Fleischer

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    "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..."