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Animation Timeline (1910-1919)
Includes Animation Experiments, Studio and Independent Work, and Cultural Events
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1700 - 1799 1910 - 1919 1940 - 1949 1970 - 1979 2000 - 2009
1800 - 1899 1920 - 1929 1950 - 1959 1980 - 1989
1910 - 1919 Animation's Early Years

1910-1920

 Abstract art: first period

The Lyric abstraction, (Kandinsky)
The Neoplasticism, (Mondrian)
Suprématisme, (Malevitch)

1910

 The Neo-impressionist Painter, Emile Cohl, France, Black and White, Silent

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  • 1912

     The Great thing and the small thing, Emile Cohl, France

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  •  Modelling Extraordinary, Walter R. Booth, UK, Silent film.
    Clay model animation. Reissued Dec. 21, 1914 in black and white by Kineto Films. Natural Colour Kinematograph Company Directed by Walter R. Booth. Produced by Charles Urban. Animated by Walter R. Booth. Written by Walter R. Booth. Originally Released in December of 1912 (Estimate). Originally Released Theatrically. Color (Kinemacolor) United Kingdom

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  • 1913

     The development of celluloid
    "Instead of numerous drawings, the animator now could make a complex background and/or foreground and sandwich moving characters in between several other pieces of celluloid, which is transparent except for where drawings are painted on it. This made it unnecessary to repeatedly draw the background as it remained static and only the characters moved. It also created an illusion of depth, especially if foreground elements were placed in the frames."

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  •  Santa Claus, Walter R. Booth, Edgar Rogers, UK, Silent film
    Combined live action and toy animation. December 1913 is general release date; first shown December 1912 at the Scala Theatre. Natural Colour Kinematograph Company Featuring: Elsie/Tingaling, Santa Claus, Gnomes, Father Neptune, Sea Captain. Directed by F. Martin Thornton, R.H. Callum. Produced by Charles Urban. Animated by Walter R. Booth, Edgar Rogers. Written by Alfred De Manby, Leedham Bantock, Harold Simpson. Originally Released in December of 1913 (Estimate). Originally Released Theatrically. Color (Kinemacolor) United Kingdom

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  • 1914

     1914 - 1918 First World War

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  •  Peace and War Pencillings by Harry Furniss, Harry Furniss, UK, Silent film.
    Combined live action and high-speed sketch animation. Premiered at the London Coliseum in early August 1914. There is an innocent suggestion of John Bull at peace comfortably reading a paper by the light of a candle, the candle being placed in a high candlestick. The second stage of this involves the changing of the scene to Trafalgar Square, the flame being turned into Nelson, the candlestick into Nelson's Column, and a slight suggestion added of the lions at the base and of the National Gallery in the background. Then - - War. On the newspaper the word is rapidly written, the dome of the National Gallery becomes the Kaiser, the position of John Bull's head is shifted within a few strokes, the lions spring from their pedestals, the fountains represent cannonading, the, well, that is War." Furniss Films. Featuring: John Bull, Kaiser Wilhelm, Lions. Directed by Harry Furniss. Produced by Harry Furniss. Animated by Harry Furniss. Written by Harry Furniss. Originally Released in August of 1914 (Estimate). Originally Released Theatrically. Black & White United Kingdom

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  • 1915

     Phable of a Busted Romance, Tom E. Powers, U.S.A.
    Bray Productions, Inc. Distributed by: International Film Service Produced by Raoul Barré. Written by Tom E. Powers (Original Strip). Originally Released on December 24, 1915. Originally Released Theatrically. Black & White

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  • 1916

     Futurism

     Abstract Cinema-Chromatic Music, Bruno Corra
    Filmed at 20 frames per second. A group of animals is in a tree. A monkey is a lookout. Theodore Roosevelt shows up carrying a gun. He smiles as the cartoon ends.

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  •  Introducing Krazy Kat and Ignatz Mouse, Silent cartoon
    International Film Service, Inc. Distributed by: Hearst-Vitagraph News Pictorial Featuring: Krazy Kat, Ignatz. Produced by William Randoph Hearst. Written by George Herriman (comic strip). Originally Released on February 18, 1916. Originally Released Theatrically. Running Time: 3 minutes. Black & White U.S.A.

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  • 1917

     Iska Worreh
    International Film Service, Inc. Featuring: Abie the Agent.Directed by Gregory La Cava. Written by Harry Hershfield (original strip). Originally Released on August 05, 1917. Originally Released Theatrically. Black & White U.S.A. Based on the popular comic strip "Abie the Agent" by Harry Hershfield. The first of only two Abie the Agent cartoons.

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  • 1918

     Second, The Stimulating Mrs. Barton, Frank Moser, USA
    A parody of newsreels of the day. Silent cartoon. International Films Productions Distributed by: Pathe Film Exchange Featuring: Jigs, Maggie. Animated by Frank Moser (Supervising Animator). Written by George McManus (Original comic Strip). Originally Released on April 16, 1918. Originally Released Theatrically. Black & White U.S.A.

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  • 1919

     Der Wash on Der Line, USA
    Based on the comic strip Happy Hooligan, this cartoon was packaged with the Hearst-Vitagraph News Pictorial and shown before the main features in theaters. Silent Cartoon. International Film Service Production Distributed by: Hearst-Vitagraph News Pictorial Featuring: Happy Hooligan, Jiggs, Miggs. Directed by Gregory La Cava. Originally Released in 1919 (Estimate). Originally Released Theatrically. Black & White U.S.A.

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  • 1920

     Judge Rummy On With the Dance, USA
    Diminutive Judge Rummy explains to his huge wife that he must go out on an important case. But his wife discovers that he has actually gone dancing with the lovely Fifi. International Film Service, Inc. Featuring: Judge Rummy, Fifi. Directed by Jack King. Written by Tad Dorgan (Original Strip). Originally Released in 1920 (Estimate). Originally Released Theatrically. Black & White U.S.A.

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    Research conducted by Audra Magermans, Bowling Green State Univeristy