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Animation Timeline (1950-1959)
Includes Animation Experiments, Studio and Independent Work, and Cultural Events
Select a time period: 

1600 - 1699 1900 - 1909 1930 - 1939 1960 - 1969 1990 - 1999
1700 - 1799 1910 - 1919 1940 - 1949 1970 - 1979 2000 - 2009
1800 - 1899 1920 - 1929 1950 - 1959 1980 - 1989
1950 - 1959 Baby Boom and TV Cartoons 

1950

The Baby Boom
Right after the Second World War, many soldiers had a desire to return home and start families. This created a serge in the infant population during the 1950's.

New Roles for Women
During the 1950's with having how returned, women were urged to resume their roles in the home and quit the jobs they had aquired during th war. This was not taken well by many, and soon new roles for both genders would be put into works.

The Ducksters, Chuck Jones, United States
This site talks about the reusing of cartoon footage. This technique was used frequently in the 1950's to save time and money.

  • http://looney.toonzone.net/miscelooneyous/reused/50s60s.html
  • Gerald McBoing-Boing, Stephan Bosustow

    Computer Animation, Saxenian, United States, MIT
    This is said to be the first computer animation. It was of a bouncing ball.

  • http://animation.filmtv.ucla.edu/program/anihist.html
  • 1951

    Television
    There are now about 15 million TV sets in the Untied States, and color TV is also introduced at this time.

    1952

    Johann Mouse, Fred Quimby

    1953

    Gumbasis, Art Clokey, United States
    This is the first animation to introduce the charater Gumby to the public.

    1955




    Speedy Gonzales, Friz Frelang, United States
    The first animation to use this speedy little mouse.

  • http://toolooney.toonzone.net/speedy.htm
  • Lady and the Tramp, Disney Studios, United States, 75 min.

  • http://disney.go.com/vault/archives/movies/ladytramp/ladytramp.html
  • 1956

    Felix the Cat, Otto Mesmer, United States
    In the mid-1950's older episodes of Felix were reintroduced as a television show for children.

    1957

    Birds Anonymous, Edward Selzer

    1959

    Moonbird, John Hubley

  • http://www.oscar.com/legacy/pastwinners/short_ani5.html
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    Research conducted by Rachel Jones, Bowling Green State Univeristy