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Animation Timeline (1960-1969)
Includes Animation Experiments, Studio and Independent Work, and Cultural Events
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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
1960 - 1969 The Restless 60s


Nowy Janko Muzykant (new Janko the Musician), Jan Lenica, Poland


John F. Kennedy's inauguration as president of the U.S. (Jan. 20)

One hundred and One Dalmatians, Walt Disney Studios, USA, January 25, (1hr 19 min)
Photocopying technology made it possible for animators to bring 101 spotted canines to the big screens.

  • Disney Films of the 60s
  • 1962

    Labirynt (Labyrinth), Jan Lenica, Poland, (14min)
    A self-consciously Kafka-esque tale of a winged lonely man literally devoured by totalitarian rule. Considered to be one of the finest political animations ever made.

  • Google Translation of German Page
  • Oczekiwanie (Expectation), Witold Giersz, (9 min) The hands of a man rest on a glass area of the kaffeehaustisches. They form shapes out of napkins, which become alive and in their behavior the thoughts of the man, who expects a woman, to express.

  • Google Translation of Page
  • 1963

    Martin Luther King delivers "I have a dream" speech (Aug. 28).

    President Kennedy shot and killed by sniper in Dallas, Texas and Lyndon B. Johnson becomes president. (Nov. 22)

    The Sword in the Stone, Walt Disney Studios, USA, (79 min)
    Adapted from T.H White's book about a young Kind Arthur's adventures with Merlin before becoming King of England.

  • IMDb Web Site
  • Die Nashorner (The Rhinoceros), Jan Lenica A wordless condensation of Ionesco's play of the same name.

    Fotel (A Chair), Daniel Szczechura, (6 min)


    Mary Poppins, Walt Disney Studios, USA, (140 min) The live action animation blend based on the popular book series by P.L. Travers.

  • IMDb Web Site
  • 1956

    Malcolm X, the black-nationalist leader was shot to death at a Harlem rally in New York City. (Feb. 21)

    Ruke (The Hand), Jiri Trnka, Poland
    The Hand is a merciless political allegory, which strictly follows story outline without developing lyrical details.

  • A Festival of Visual Effects
  • 1966

    Czar Kolek (The Charm of the Two Wheels), Kazimierz Urbanski, (7 min)

    Wszystko Jest Liczb_ (Everything Is a Number), Stefan Schabenbeck, (8 min)


    The Jungle Book, Walt Disney Studios, USA
    The last film Walt Disney worked on before his death prior to its release.

    Ko_ (Horse), Witold Giersz, (6 min)
    A wild horse extracts itself from all catch attempts.

  • Google Translation of Page
  • 1968

    Adam 2, Jan Lenica
    Lenica labored single-handedly on this remarkably ambitious feature-length animation.


    Apollo 11 astronauts, including Neil Armstrong, take man's first walk on the moon.
    (July 20)

    The show Sesame Street debuts.

    Internet (ARPA) goes online.


    Research conducted by Kara Gebhardt, Bowling Green State Univeristy