"Theatre Optique" Opens in Paris
The “Theatre Optique” opens in Paris, where transparent celluloid, which had been hand drawn upon, is projected as film to the delight of Parisian audiences.
Isadore "Friz" Freleng is Born
Isadore “Friz” Freleng is born in Kansas City, Missouri
Robert McKimson is Born
Robert McKimson is born in Denver, Colorado.
William Hanna is Born
Willian Hanna is born in Melrose, New Mexico.
Joseph Barbera is Born
Joseph Barbera is born in New York City’s Little Italy.
First Animated Comic Strips
The first animated comic strips appear in newsreels.
First Animation Studio Opened
The first animation studio is opened in New York by Raul Barre and short animation features begin to be regularly screened in theaters throughout the country.
– Brothers Max and Dave Fleischer, creators of Betty Boop, patent the rotoscope enabling animators to copy the movement of live-action by tracing filmed live-action images frame by frame.
Koko the Clown Released
Fleischer Studios, then known as Out of the Inkwell, release Koko the Clown.
Walt and Roy Disney Open Their Studio
Walt and Roy Disney open their studio in California which was to set the standard for the entire art form.
First Cartoon With Sound and Movement Synchronized
Disney creates the first cartoon to synchronize sound with movement.
Betty Boop Makes Her First Appearance
Fleischer Studios’ Betty Boop makes her first appearances in Barnacle Bill and Dizzy Dishes.
First Technicolor Cartoon
Walter Lantz develops the first Technicolor cartoon.
Animated Film Process Created
Ed Hurd, an employee of the John Bray Studio, invents the process of inking the animator’s drawings onto clear pieces of celluloid and then photographing them in succession on a single painted background, which becomes the process that will be used in the creation of animated films for decades.
King Features, Incorporated Established
Hearst Corporation establishes King Features, Incorporated, a syndication company for newspaper content including comics.
First Three Mickey Cartoons Created
Disney creates the first three Mickey Mouse cartoons with Ub Iwerks.
Robert McKimson Joins Walt Disney Studios
Freleng's Career Begins
Freleng embarks on 30 year career with Warner Brothers.
Disney Wins First Academy Award
Walt Disney Studios wins the first Academy Award for animation.
Joseph Barbera Begins Career
Joseph Barbera begins working for Van Buren Studios in New York as a writer and animator.
Freleng Becomes Director of Animation
Freleng becomes the director of animation at Warner Brothers.
Popeye the Sailor Debuts
Fleischer Studios debuts Popeye the Sailor.
McKimson Begins Working With Warner Brothers
Through mergers McKimson begins working with Warner Brothers. While there, he creates model sheets, which help to develop and define the characters by providing numerous drawings in a variety of poses.
Tex Avery Starts Work at Warner Brothers
Porky Pig Introduced
Warner Brothers introduces Porky Pig in I Haven’t Got a Hat.
Barbera Works at Terrytoon Studios
Barbera begins a short stint at Terrytoon Studios.
Barbera Begins Work at MGM
Barbera moves to MGM in Culver City, California.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Released
Disney releases Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Daffy Duck is Introduced
Warner Brothers introduces Daffy Duck in Porky’s Duck Hunt.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Wins An Award
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs wins a “Special Academy Award for Screen Innovation.”
Hanna and Barbera Win Academy Award Nomination
Hanna and Barbera’s first collaborative project, “Puss Gets the Boot”, earns them an Academy Award nomination and serves as the precursor to “Tom and Jerry”.
Bugs Bunny Introduced
Warner Brothers introduces Bugs Bunny originally as Happy Rabbit.
Disney releases Pinocchio.
Bugs Bunny Catch Phrase Debuts
The first time Bugs Bunny asks, “What’s up, Doc?” in A Wild Hare.
Disney premieres Dumbo.
Superman Cartoons Launched
Fleischer launches the Superman cartoons.
Disney premieres Bambi.
Yosemite Sam and Sylvester Created
Friz Freleng creates Yosemite Sam and Sylvester for Warner Brothers.
Pepe LePew Created
Chuck Jones introduces Pepé LePew at Warner Brothers.
Warner Brothers Wins an Academy Award
Tweetie Pie earns Warner Brothers an Academy Award.
Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote Introduced
Warner Brothers introduce the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote.
Donald Duck Introduced
Disney introduces Donald Duck.
Tasmanian Devil Introduced
Warner Brothers introduces Tasmanian Devil.
Hanna and Barbera Form Production Company
Hanna and Barbera form their own production company which has early success with The Ruff & Ready Show and The Huckleberry Hound Show.
The Flintstones is Created
Hanna-Barbera creates The Flintstones which is honored with numerous awards and will run during prime time for six years – unprecedented for an animated series.
The Jetsons is Launched
The Jetsons is launched by Hanna-Barbera.
McKimson Leaves Warner Brothers
Warner Brothers animation studio begins to lose momentum and, shortly after, McKimson leaves for DePatie-Freleng one year later.
Warner Brothers Closes Their Animation Studio
DePatie-Freleng Enterprises is Formed
Freleng works with producer Dave DePatie to form DePatie-Freleng Enterprises.
McKimson Begins Working with DePatie-Freleng Enterprises
Pink Panther Introduced
DePatie-Freleng introduces the Pink Panther.
Pink Panther Wins Academy Award
Freleng’s Pink Panther is honored with an Academy Award for Best Animated Short.
A Charlie Brown Christmas Airs
A Charlie Brown Christmas is first aired on television.
Walt Disney dies
How the Grinch Stole Christmas Premieres
How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Chuck Jones premieres.
Warner Brothers Reopens Animation Studios
Warner Brothers reopens a small animation department and McKimson returns.
Warner Brothers Animation Department Closes
The animation department at Warner Brothers closes once again, and McKimson directs animation works for DePatie-Freleng.
Robert McKimson Dies
McKimson is having lunch with Freleng and DePatie when he suffers a massive heart attack. McKimson dies at the age of 66.
Bugs Bunny Awarded a Star
A star on the Hollywood Walk of fame is rewarded to Bugs Bunny.
Freleng Awarded a Star
Freleng is immortalized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Cartoon Network is Launched
Turner Broadcasting System launches the Cartoon Network.
Freleng dies at the age of 89.
Hanna dies at the age of 90.
Barbera dies at the age of 95.
DailyINK is Introduced
King Features, Inc. introduces DailyINK, a mobile sevice to digitally display comic strips.