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Ben Sharpsteen

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"Ben Sharpsteen was born in Tacoma, Washington on November 4th, 1895 and got his start working for many of the major studios in New York including Hearst, Paramount, and F..."

Colonel Heeza Liar in the Trenches

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Producer(s): John Randolph Bray

Release Date: 13/05/1915

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..."

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."

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..."

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..."

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

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Release Date: 29/02/1916

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."

Little Nemo/Watch Me Move

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Producer(s): Winsor McCay

Release Date: 08/04/1911

"Also called Winsor McCay, the Famous Cartoonist of the N.Y. Herald and His Moving Comics, the cartoon figures announce, via comic strip balloons, that they will move - and move they do, in a wildly exaggerated style."

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

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."

Pat Sullivan

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"Pat Sullivan was born in 1885 as Patrick Peter O’Sullivan in a working-class suburb of Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Pat is best known for producing the Felix the Cat cartoons. There has been controversy surrounding who crea..."