Animation Art

"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.

Rotoscope Patented

– 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.

Pinocchio Released

Disney releases Pinocchio.

Bugs Bunny Catch Phrase Debuts

The first time Bugs Bunny asks, “What’s up, Doc?” in A Wild Hare.

Dumbo Premieres

Disney premieres Dumbo.

Superman Cartoons Launched

Fleischer launches the Superman cartoons.

Bambi Premieres

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

Freleng dies at the age of 89.

Hanna Dies

Hanna dies at the age of 90.

Barbera Dies

Barbera dies at the age of 95.

DailyINK is Introduced

King Features, Inc. introduces DailyINK, a mobile sevice to digitally display comic strips.