History of Animation By delaneyj Jan 1, 1824 Peter Roget “The persistence of vision with regard to moving objects” by Peter Roget. The idea of motion picture animation became a huge deal. Jan 1, 1928 Steamboat Willie The first successful sound animated film called Steamboat Willie. It made Mickey a star and launched the production of Disney. Jan 1, 1950 TV Commercials Animation in TV commercials started booming and became very important. Jan 1, 1991 Beauty and the Beast Beauty and the Beast was the first animated production to be nominated for the Academy Award’s Bes Picture. Jan 1, 2003 Finding Nemo Finding Nemo was the highest money making animation of all time, beating Beauty and the Beast.