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    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..."

    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."

    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

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    "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

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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 ..."

    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. "

    Bill Nolan

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    "Bill Nolar started in New York doing crazy cat on Felix the Cat. He worked for Lantz Studios during the mid 40s."

    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..."

    Bob Kurtz

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    "His career started when he began writing the pink panther series."

    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 ..."

    Candy Town (1933)

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    Release Date: 01/13/1933

    Carl Barks

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    "Carl Barks was an American cartoonist who was most well-known for drawing Donald Duck as well as creating the iconic character of Scrooge McDuck. "

    Carl Thomas Anderson

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    "Anderson was a cartoonists and comic strip artist most well-known for his drawings of Henry. Anderson began his career as a cartoonist for the Philadelphia Times drawing fashion illustrations in 1894. Throughout his career, Anderson worked for the N..."

    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 ..."

    Charles B. Mintz

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    "Mintz got his start as a producer of animation after his marriage to Margaret J. Winkler of Winkler Pictures. The company produced over 370 cartoon shorts between 1925-1939. The Columbia cartoon producer studied at St. Lawrence University and started..."

    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

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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."

    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

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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.""

    Feline Follies

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    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..."

    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."

    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..."

    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..."

    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..."

    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."

    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."

    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)

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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..."

    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..."

    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..."

    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

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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 Goes A-Wooing (1916)

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    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..."

    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

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    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."

    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..."

    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..."

    Milton (Milt) Kahl

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    "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

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    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

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    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..."

    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