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Animation Timeline (1920-1929)
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
1920 - 1929 Animation's Early Years

1920

 January 16 - Volstead Act. This act made it illegal to sell a drink with more than one half ounce of alcohol in it.

 The Great Cheese Robbery, J.R. Bray, U.S.

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  • The Big Cartoon Database
  • 1921

     The first Miss America Pageant was held.

     Fantoche Cherche un Logement (The Puppet Looks for Lodging), Emile Cohl, France

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  • The Big Cartoon Database
  • 1922

     Little Red Riding Hood, Anson Dryer, U.K.

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  • 1923

     La Voix du Rossignol (The Voice of the Nightingale), Ladislas Starewicz, France, (13:00).
    A child catches a nightingale. The nightingale tells her a story in hopes of being set free.

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  • 1924

     Usagi to kame (Rabbit and Tortoise), Tosanae Yamamoto, Japan, (7:00)

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  • baffa 2004, 6th Barcelona Asian Film Festival
  • 1925

     If Winter Comes (Jerry the Troublesome Tyke), Sid Griffiths, U.K. (7:00)
    Jerry is the dog. Jerry plays in the snow.

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  • The British Film Institute
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  • 1926

     Adventures of Prince Achmed, Lotte Reiniger, Germany, (90:00)
    An evil sorcerer tricks a Prince. He's transported to a magical island and has adventures trying to get home.

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  • 1927

     Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, U.S.

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  • 1928

     The Gallopin' Gaucho, Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, U.S. (6:22)
    Mickey meets Minnie in a cantina. She is kidnapped by a bandit and Mickey must save her.

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  • The Encyclopedia of Disney Animated Shorts
  • 1929

     October 24 - Black Thursday. The Stock Market Crashed which caused The Great Depression.

     Tusalava, Len Lye, U.K. (6:35)
    Two organic, biological forms interact. Lots of abstractions ensue.

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    Research conducted by Anne Behrne, Bowling Green State Univeristy