108 Years of Animation in 1 Blog Post

Written by Toonimo


Cartoon Animation: Key Animation Milestones

Cartoon Animation is used by thousands of online marketing professionals to drive their business.

The history of animations spans more than a century and reflects the persistence of those who had a vision of making the fun and obscure, mainstream and profitable! In this 3rd blog in the series, we cover 108 years of animation breakthroughs that moved animations from a pipe-dream to a impactful business medium.

Here is a whirlwind tour...

1906- “Humorous phases of funny faces” by Stuart Blackton was released. It is a 3 minute short movie created by Stuart by drawing faces against a plain blackboard and animating them.

1908- Emile Cohl’s Fantasmagorie was released in Paris, a short film comprising totally of animated images.

1908- The first use of stop-motion animation was made in a film produced by Humpty Dumpty Circus.

1914- Process of cel animation was invented by Earl Hurd which was a revolutionary success in the history of animation.

1914- “Gertie the Dinosaur” was created by Winsor McCay which featured a distinguishable character of a walking and dancing dinosaur.

1919- Felix the Cat made his first debut.

1920- The first color cartoon, “The Debut of Thomas Cat” by John Randolph was released.

1922- The first animated short film by Walt Disney was released “Little Red Riding hood”.

1928- In the six minute short film “Crazy”, Mickey Mouse made his first debut.

1930- Warner Bros. Looney Tunes made its debut in Sinkin’ in the bathtub.

1932- The first full color and Technicolor animated short film- “Flower and Trees’ was released. This film brought an Oscar to Disney.

1933- King Kong featuring several characters was released.

1933- Popeye the Sailor made his debut.

1935- “The New Gulliver” was released which was the first to employ stop motion technology for the bulk of its running time.

1937- Walt Disney’s “Snow White and the seven dwarfs” was released which was the first movie to emerge out of the United States.

1940- “Puss Gets the Boot” was released featuring the famous Tom and Jerry duo.

1941- “Mr. Bug goes to the town” was released which was the first full length animated musical movie.

1946- Disney released its first animated live-action film “Song of the South”.

1949- Ray Harryhausen who was a great stop-motion animator made his debut film “Mighty Joe Young”.

1958- The famous “Smurfs” were introduced in this year.

1972- First X-rated animated movie was made by Ralph Bakshi - Fritz the Cat.

1973- A brief shot of computer generated images were used first time in a movie “Westworld”.

1975- George Lucas founded special effects company “Industrial Light and Magic”.

1976- The film “Future world” made use of 3D Computer graphics for animated hand and face.

1975- Will Vinton produced “Closed Mondays” and received the award of Best Animated film. He used “Claymation” technology which used clay models in the process of film production.

1986- Pixar’s first short film Luxo Jr. was released and was first computer animated short film to be the nominee of Academy Awards.

1991- “Beauty and the Beast” became the first fully animated film to be the nominee of Oscar awards for the best picture category.

1993- First movie with photorealistic computer animated characters was released – Jurassic Park.

1995- Pixar created “Toy Story”.

2002- This year Oscar created a new category of “Best Animated Film” and this award was won first by the animated film “Shrek”.

2004- “The Polar Express” was released which was the first full animation film to use the motion capture technology.

2005- Aardman animations created “Wallis and Gromit” in which the characters were brought alive by Nick Park using modelling clay and wire. The characters were animated using the stop motion animation.

2014 Toonimo launches a simple platform to help online businesses create their own custom animations for their website.