Once upon a time

We all thought that once we are older we would possibly stop enjoying animation. But surprisingly for many of us that have not changed we continue to enjoy it until today.
I was always an enthusiastic fan of animation.

When researching the history of animation I came across some very useful websites including the one form University of South Carolina.www.usca.edu. They say that, ‘Animation is a graphic representation of drawings to show movement within those drawings.’ [usca.edu]. Today animation no longer mirrors that we have animation made in so many different ways from pixels to 3D animations the most popular one at the moment.

They go on to say that animation was at the time many drawings that were linked together and photographed by a camera. The drawings have been slightly changed between individualized frames so when they were played back in rapid succession (24 frames per second) there appears to be seamless movement within the drawings. So the animator fools the eyes and the brain to create the illusion of movement. [usca.edu].
We would never realise the amount of work behind it.
I had a lecture about animation an enjoyable one, I have to say, and to see the development of the 1st animation the Humorous Phases of Funny Faces 1906 and Fantasmagorie 1908 till today’s 3d animations like Avatar, the last very successful animation film. It all seemed to have moved very fast.

Humorous Phases of Funny Faces (1906)


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They continue to say that in 1913 came celluloid that has quickly made animation easier to manage. Instead of hundreds of drawings, the animator could now make complex backgrounds and/or foreground and sandwich moving characters in between several other pieces of celluloid, which is transparent except for where drawings are painted on it. This made it unnecessary to repeatedly draw the background as it remained static and only the characters moved. It also created an illusion of depth, especially if foreground elements were placed in the frames.
Pioneers were Winsor McKay of the United States and Emile Cohl and Georges Melies of France. Some consider McCoy’s Gertie the Dinosaur to be the first multimedia animation. [usca.edu].

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Gertie the Dinosaur

Walt Disney was the first animator to add sound to his movie cartoons with the premiere of Steamboat Willie in 1928. [usca.edu].
I can’t think of animation without sound but I have to say that the earlier animations without sound are classics and so unique.

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Steamboat Willie

In 1937, he produced the first full length animated feature film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Snow white was one of my favourites animations the whole story so different from todays cartoons.I still enjoy it until today.
With today computers and technology any one can produce their one animated films.
It’s that easy.
I would continue with a long list of how it all developed but we all know that after the computer everything became possible in animation.
I Could not finished this article by mentioning japanese animation as one of my favourites too. And the talking fish in Finding Nemo, very good entertainment.
At this point animation has gone beyond everyone expectations.
I’m sure we will stay have a lot to see in this field.

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