Animation in recent times has been the go-to genre for making movies for kids. The range of effects it offers makes them a treat to watch. But animation has come a long way from what it once was. There was a time of simplistic walking cartoons captured using stop-motion. It wasn’t until the year 1919, when Felix the Cat made his debut and instantly became popular. He is also the first animated character to be counted among the famous. In the year 1937, Disney released its first full-length feature film Snow White and Seven Dwarfs and this genre of movies has not looked back from this breakthrough. Here are some of the major landmarks in the history of Animation.
1906 J. Stuart Blackton’s Humorous Phases of Funny Faces is released. It is a three-minute short in which Blackton’s hand can be seen animating drawings of faces and people against a plain blackboard.
1908 Humpty Dumpty Circus marks the first use of stop-motion animation on film.
1914 Earl Hurd invents the process of cel-animation, which revolutionized and dominated the industry for much of the 20th century.
1917 The first feature-length animated film, Quirino Cristiani’s El apostol, releases. Unfortunately, all known copies were destroyed in a fire.
1930 Warner Bros. Looney Tunes makes its debut with Sinkin’ in the Bathtub.
1932 The first full-color, three-strip Technicolor animated short, Flowers and Trees, releases. The film wins Disney an Oscar for Best Short Subject.
1972 Ralph Bakshi’s Fritz the Cat releases as the first X-rated animated feature in cinematic history.
1973 Computer-generated images are used for the very first time in a brief shot in Westworld.
1991 Beauty and the Beast gets an Oscar nomination. It was the first full-length animated movie to receive one.
1995 The first computer-animated film, Toy Story, is released to theaters.
2002 The Oscars create a category entitled "Best Animated Film," with Shrek the first movie to win that award.
2004 The Polar Express becomes the first fully-animated film to use motion capture technology to render all of its characters.
Animation has come a long way since 2004, with minor additions which just make the experience a whole lot better. With releases like Zootopia, Kung Fu Panda 3 and The Jungle Book, you will surely agree with us.