Animation: How It Has Evolved In The Past One Hundred Plus Years

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Although Steamboat Willie is the most popular sound cartoon, it is not the first. The Fleischer Brothers and animator Paul Terry have already accomplished integrating sound into cartoons. However the idea of a sound cartoons didn't sit very well with distributors and theater owners who thought it would never become popular. Thus Terry's and Fleischer's shorts didn't achieve the popularity that Steamboat Willie did two years after their releases. Steamboat Willie, however, was originally animated as a silent feature and it wasn't the first short containing the world famous Mickey Mouse character. There were a few shorts containing Mickey that were created before hand but never released to the ...view middle of the document...

UPA was also the starting point of many famous animators like Chuck Jones, Tex Avary, and John and Faith Hubley who made iconic characters still known around the world today as Droopy, Moonbird, and Bugs Bunny.
Many may think of Pixar as the first to use computer animation or George Lucus's Star Wars trilogy, but in fact computer animation reaches as far back as the 1940's and 1950's. Most computer animation was focused for the Avant-Garde movement and much of ths early computer animation was done on computers with no computer screens.

In the late 1950's and early 1960's the introduction of television also introduced the need(or unneeded) for limited animated TV series and movies. This also marked the beginning of what is called the Disney Dark Age as Walt Disney died in 1966. Although Disney ran into hard times the company Hanna-Barbera stepped into the TV animation business, ran with it, and became a literal cartoon factory. It produced many cartoons still known today like Scooby-doo, Yogi Bear, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, and many others. Hanna-Barbera used limited animation which is now called UPA Style and kept them and animation alive through this dark age of animations history. Hanna-Barbera survived well into the 1990's until Cartoon Network bought the company in 1993.
While Hanna-Barbera dominated the TV industry computers were beginning to break the surface. The first film to use CGI animation was made in 1974 using simple geometric shapes that were manipulated on the screen. CGI would take another big step later in 1977's with the release of Star Wars as Avant-Garde animators were hired to create the CGI pieces of the film. Even though at the time CGI films were not allowed to be nominated for Oscars on the basis that they were cheating, CGI would soon come to dominate the industry.

Animation saw a revival in the 1990's. After the release of Who Framed Roger Rabbit Disney and many other big companies saw...

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