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Animation Timeline (1900-1909)
Includes Animation Experiments, Studio and Independent Work (revisions by Joritz)
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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
1900 - 1909 The Birth of Animation

1900

 Oskar Fischinger born in Germany.

Enchanted Drawing, James Stuart Blackton, U.S. (1:26)
Filmed at 20 frames per second. While this is not officially an animated film, it is a precursor to the animated films that will follow it. It shows a cartoonist drawing a face on a piece of white paper. Eventually the face will change expressions as he drinks and smokes.

  • Origins of American Animation
  • 1901

     Walt Disney born in the USA.

     Artistic Creations, Walter Booth, England

  • Who's Who of Victorian Cinema
  • 1902

     Fun in a Bakery Shop, Edwin S. Porter, U.S., (1:19)
    Filmed at 20 frames per second. While this is not true animation, it sets the stage for films to come like J. Stuart Blacton's Humorous Phases of Funny Faces (1906). Once some dough has been thrown on a barrel, the baker begins to make different faces in the dough.

  • Origins of American Animation
  • 1904

     The National Child Labor Committee is formed.

    1906

     Humorous Phases of Funny Faces, James Stuart Blackton, U.S. (3:00)
    Filmed at 20 frames per second. Blackton picks up with the ideas started in Enchanted Drawing (1900). Here actual animation is taking place as a series of lines begins to form faces. While there is no narrative, different people are animated. A clown even has a dog jump through a hoop.

  • Origins of American Animation
  • 1907

     The Haunted Hotel, James Stuart Blackton, U.S.

  • J. Stuart Blackton
  •  Hotel Electrico, Segundo de Chomons, Spain

  • The History of Animation
  • 1908

     Fantasmagorie, Emile Cohl, France

  • Phantasmagoria - Wikipedia
  • 1909

     The NAACP is formed.

     T.R.'s Arrival in Africa, U.S., (0:20)
    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.

  • Origins of American Animation
  • 1910

     Cartoon of T.R.'s Reception by Crowned Heads of Europe, U.S. (0:07)
    Filmed at 24 frames per second. Shows Theodore Roosevelt arriving on boat. The heads of Europe are on a dock and greet him.

  • Origins of American Animation
  •  Amos Roach in the Stolen Dream, Harold Hettinger, U.S.

  • Amos Roach in the Stolen Dream at the Big Cartoon Database
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    Research conducted by Jeff Schafer, Bowling Green State Univeristy