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Animation Timeline (1980-1989)
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
1980 - 1989 Independent Animations Flourish

1980

Moscow - The 22nd Olympic Games are boycotted by over 50 countries.

U.S. - Fred "Tex" Avery dies

The Fly, Ferenc Rofusz, Hungary
Won the Academy Award for best animated short film.

  • Academy Awards Site
  • 1981

    Crac, Frederic Back, Canada
    Won the Academy Award for best animated short film.

  • The Mighty Animator
  • 1982

    Tango, Zingier Rybczynski, Poland
    Won the Academy Award for best animated short film.

  • The Language of New Media
  • 1983

    GA, Stephanie Maxwell, U.S. (5 min)
    This film used hand engraving and hand painting techniques that were used directly on 35mm and clear film stock. The film was accompanied by a recording from Ghana, which had voice and percussion.

  • GA by Stephanie Maxwell
  • Sunday in New York, Jimmy Picket, U.S.
    Won the Academy Award for best animated short film.

  • Academy Awards Site
  • 1984

    True Romance, Jan Millsapps, U.S

  • True Romance by Jan Millsapps
  • Charade, John Minnis, Canada
    Won the Academy Award for best animated short film.

  • IMDb site
  • 1985

    Anna and Bella, Borge Ring, Holland
    Won the Academy Award for best animated short film.

  • Academy Awards Site
  • 1986

    U.S. - The space shuttle Challenger explodes after take off.

    The animation company Pixar is created.

    Russia - Reactor blows up at the Chernobyl Power Station creating the world's worst nuclear accident.

    Sophie's Place, Larry Jordan, U.S. (84 min)
    An experimental animation that used the cut-out, collage style to convey the somewhat autobiographical story about Jordan's life. The went unedited and is considered the longest "in camera" film in the world.

  • Sophie's Place by Larry Jordan
  • A Greek Tragedy, Nicole Van Goethem, Belgium
    Won the Academy Award for best animated short film.

  • British Film Institute
  • 1987

    The Man Who Planted Trees, Frederic Back, Canada
    Won the Academy Award for best animated short film.

  • Direct Cinema Limited
  • 1988

    Trap, Amy Kravitz, U.S., (5:30 min)
    The animation was done using a black lithographic crayon to create abstract images. Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel inspired the movie.

  • Trap by Amy Kravitz
  • Tin Toy, John Lasseter, William Reeves and Pixar, U.S.
    Was the first computer animated film to win an academy award. Itıs a story of a little tin drummer toy that learns that his job is to keep a drooling baby happy. He later finds out that the baby could care less about him as the baby plays with the box the toy came in.

  • Tin Toy by Pixar
  • 1989

    Berlin - The fall of the Berlin wall unifies East and West Germany.

    Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Robert Zemeckis

  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  • Balance, Christoph Lauenstein, West Germany.
    Won the Academy Award for best animated short film.

  • German Cinema Archive
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    Research conducted by Dustin Page, Bowling Green State Univeristy