• Digitizing the Collection -- Origins of American Animation

    The films included in Origins of American Animation were taken from several collections in the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division. These include the Paper Print, American Film Institute/J. Stuart Blackton, A.F.I./Maurice Zouary, A.F.I./Frederick Edell, A.F.I./George Marshall, A.F.I./Dennis Atkinson, A.F.I./James Ashton, A.F.I./Rhode Island Historical Society, A.F.I./Thomas Souder, A.F.I./Bernard Uhl, Louise Ernst, George Kleine, and Cinémathèque Québécoise Collections. These films were previously released in ...

  • Notes on the Origins of American Animation, 1900-1921 -- Origins of American Animation

    Animated drawings were introduced to film a full decade after George Méliès had demonstrated in 1896 that objects could be set in motion through single-frame exposures. J. Stuart Blackton's 1906 animated chalk experiment Humorous Phases of Funny Faces was followed by the imaginative works of Winsor McCay, who made between four thousand and ten thousand separate line drawings for each of his three one-reel ...

    • Date: 1900
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  • Related Resources -- Origins of American Animation

    Bendazzi, Giannalberto. Cartoons: One Hundred Years of Cinema Animation. Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana University Press, 1994. Canemaker, John. Winsor McCay: His Life and Art. New York: Abbeville Press, 1987. Crafton, Donald. Before Mickey: The Animated Film, 1898-1928. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1982. Gifford, Denis. American Animated Films: 1897-1929. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland and Company, Inc., 1990. Heraldson, Donald. Creators of Life: A History of Animation. New ...

    • Date: 1898
  • Notes on the Origins of American Animation, 1900-1921 -- Origins of American Animation

    Animated drawings were introduced to film a full decade after George Méliès had demonstrated in 1896 that objects could be set in motion through single-frame exposures. J. Stuart Blackton's 1906 animated chalk experiment Humorous Phases of Funny Faces was followed by the imaginative works of Winsor McCay, who made between four thousand and ten thousand separate line drawings for each of his three one-reel ...

    • Date: 1900
  • About this Collection -- Origins of American Animation

    The development of early American animation is represented by this collection of 21 animated films and 2 fragments, which spans the years 1900 to 1921. The films include clay, puppet, and cut-out animation, as well as pen drawings. They point to a connection between newspaper comic strips and early animated films, as represented by Keeping Up With the Joneses, Krazy Kat, and The Katzenjammer ...

    • Date: 1900