What Was The First Animated Cartoon?
- Dave Jackson
|A still from the film|
|Directed by||Émile Cohl|
|Produced by||Émile Cohl|
|Distributed by||Société des Etablissements L. Gaumont|
|Release date||17 August 1908|
|Running time||1 minute, 45 seconds|
|Language||None / Silent film|
Émile Cohl is the director of the animated short film Fantasmagorie, which was released in 1908. It is believed by many cinema historians to be the very first animated cartoon and is one of the oldest instances of conventional animation, which refers to animation that is produced by hand.
What is the oldest animation?
Lotte Reiniger  – Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed (also known as Adventures of Prince Achmed), which was released in 1926 and featured silhouette animation and color tinted film, is the first animated feature film that has been preserved. Both Lotte Reiniger and her husband, Carl Koch, were responsible for the film’s direction.
Visual effects for the backdrop were developed by Walter Ruttmann. Depth of field was achieved by the French and Hungarian collaborator Berthold Bartosch and/or Reiniger by placing scenographic objects and figures on many layers of glass plates, with illumination coming from below, and the camera positioned vertically above.
In later years, a technology quite similar to that one served as the foundation for the multiplane camera.
Who animated the first animation?
Stuart Blackton is credited with creating the first animation to be captured on film. His picture, Humorous Phases of Funny Faces, which was released in 1906, was the first of a series of successful animated films produced by New York’s pioneering Vitagraph Company.
What was the first animation ever made?
Cutout animation  – Prior to the widespread adoption of cel animation as the industry standard, cutout animation methods were utilized in a significant number of animated films (at least in the United States). Cutout cartoons were used in the earliest animated feature films, which were directed by Quirino Cristiani and Lotte Reiniger.
Because the cost of celluloid was so high before to 1934, cutout animation was the predominant method utilized in Japanese animation. Cel animation was rarely employed. Because cutouts are frequently the result of hand drawing, and because some productions make use of more than one animation technique, cutout animation can occasionally have an appearance that is very similar to that of traditional hand-drawn animation.
Cutout animation has remained a relatively artistic and experimental medium even though it is sometimes used as a straightforward and inexpensive animation method in children’s programs (for example, in Ivor the Engine), but some animators, such as Harry Everett Smith, Terry Gilliam, and Jim Blashfield, have used it in these ways.
Computers are used in the production of cutout-style animation rather commonly these days. Instead of employing physically cut materials, scanned pictures or vector graphics are used in their place. The first episode of South Park was created using paper cutouts before the show switched to using computer software.
This makes the show an interesting case study for the shift. It has become more difficult to identify between “traditional,” cutout, and Flash animation styles due to similarities in the artistic choices and mixes that computer animation uses along with its many distinct approaches.