You can learn how cartoons are made in the Dud game and then read about the history of animation in the presentation "Origins of American Animation." The development of early American animation is represented by this collection of 21 animated films and two fragments, made from 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 Kids." The films reveal the development of animation and the social attitudes of early 20th century America.
This presentation also offers two animated films on which the Dud game is based. You can see "He Resolves Not to Smoke" and "Dud Leaves Home." The earliest works in "Origins of American Animation" were created in 1900 and are from the studios of Thomas Edison.