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Happy 100th Birthday Animation! April 7, 2006

Posted by whatacharacter in Art, just my blogs.

If it wasn't strange enough getting a comment yesterday from raincoaster alerting me to the existence of imagination maestro Winsor McCay, one of the very first animators (perhaps the first good one), I now learn yesterday was the 100th aniversary of the very first animated feature! Wow! … a whole century of animation and animators!

The informative celebratory article is linked here at Death Fall to Animation World Online

"James Stuart Blackton drew a series of images on his pad in a sequential order to simulate movement. When filmed, they seemed to the eye to spring to life (in Latin “animas” to give life). A man puffing cigar smoke while his sweetheart rolled her eyes in disapproval, a dog jumping through a hoop and a juggler. Blackton and Thomas Edison called the film The Humorous Phases of Funny Faces. It was released it into theaters on April 6, 1906. It was the first true American animated cartoon. It evoked gales of laughter …"

Next I learn a Simpsons Movie is in the works!?

Meanwhile South Park is plotting the firebombing of the Family Guy! I'm as giddy as a school boy!



1. raincoaster - April 7, 2006

Thanks for the tip on my blog about the anniversary. Bloody useful to know!

WINDSOR McKay, WINDSOR McKay, WINDSOR McKay…I swear, I’ll remember it. But Gardner McKay was hotter.

2. whatacharacter - April 7, 2006

heh, I can’t wait to rent “I Sailed to Tahiti With an All Girl Crew.”

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