History of Animation

Timeline created by Deminnn
  • Sep 11, 1500

    Earliest form of animation

    Earliest form of animation
    cave paintings were the earliest form of animation. They were either done on cave walls or ceilings .
  • Famous waterwork at Chateau Heilbrunn

    Famous waterwork at Chateau Heilbrunn
    This famous waterwork of Chatuea Heilbrunn featured various animated hyrdomechanical devices. It had 256 figures, 199 of which were animated by a single water turbine.
  • Jacques Vaucanson famous automaton

    Jacques Vaucanson famous automaton
    Jacques created a few famous automaton but his most famous of them all was his mechanical duck. His duck automaton was the last and was very complex, in one wing there were over 400 moving pieces.
  • kinetoscope

     kinetoscope
    Thomas Edison announced his creation of the kinetoscope which projected a 50ft length of film in approximately 13 seconds.
  • first animated film

    first animated film
    J. Stuart Blackton made the first animated film which he called "Humorous phases of funny faces." His method was to draw comical faces on a blackboard and film them. He would stop the film, erase one face to draw another, and then film the newly drawn face.
  • Little Nemo

    Winsor McCay produced an animation sequence using his comic strip character "Little Nemo."
  • Gertie, The Trained Dinosaur

    Gertie, The Trained Dinosaur
    Winsor McCay produced a cartoon called "Gertie, The Trained Dinosaur" which amazingly consisted of 10,000 drawings.
  • Creation of disney

    Creation of disney
    Walt and Roy Disney found Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio.
  • "Steam boat Willy"

    "Steam boat Willy"
    Walt Disney created the first cartoon with synchronized sound called "Steam Boat Willy".
  • multi-plane camera

    multi-plane camera
    Urb Irwek creates a multi-plane camera. This camera is capable of filming several separate layers of cels giving the final frame a truly three dimensional look.
  • Bell Laboratories started developing computer techniques

    Ken Knowlton, working at Bell Laboratories, started developing computer techniques for producing animated movies.
  • Ed Catmull develops animation scripting language

    University of Utah, Ed Catmull develops an animation scripting language and creates an animation of a smooth shaded hand.
  • industrial Light and magic

    George Lucas creates Industrial Light and Magic (ILM). Among the employees are Ed Catmull and Alvey Ray Smith.
  • techniques for modeling particle systems

    Bill Reeves at Lucasfilm publishes techniques for modeling particle systems
  • turning point in the history of computer effects

    James Cameron and ILM produce "Terminator 2". This film is a turning point in the history of computer effects because it was the first time that film makers realised the potential of computer effects.