Animation and History

Animation is the process of creating the illusion of motion and shape, change by means of the rapid display of a sequence of stat images that minimally differ from each other.

The earliest Animation as seen in a Paleolithic cave painted on the walls. They painted animals with lots of legs a very unnatural amount.

At least 5000 years ago a vase was found in Iran of a goat eating a leaf from a tree.


Centuries later the inventions of Magic Lantern, Thaumatrope, Phenakistoscope, Zoetrope, Proxinoscope and the Flipbook helped toward the invention of the Illusion of motion. in the beginning the illusions didn’t have sound until 1928 when Disney invented Micky Mouse on a steam boat whistlin this was the first animation in sound they just didn’t have colour.


Colour was finally added 5 years later after Disney in the animation Flower and Trees released by Walt Disney in 1932. In 1937 Disney released Snow White and the seven dwarves which made $416  million dollars, it was the first ever full featured film. 


(Stop motion also had been around before in movies combining live action, however Aardman is the only well known animation company that produces feature length stop motion movies to this day.The first film to be completely stop motion/clay animated was The Adventures of Mark Twain released in 1985 directed by Will Vinton, although it made a theatrical release, it only made into 6 major cities.


Although Stop Motion is less popular with movies, a man and his dog still keep it alive. They are called Wallace and Gromit.


Created by Nick Park, he was able to get a job in Aardman to finish his first short film ‘A Grand Day Out’. Since then the famous duo won Oscars with 4 30 minute films, 11 shorts, a feature length movie and a special concert at the BBC Proms, and their films translated into over 20 languages.

Pixar were the first to create animation completely on a computer with countless short films, before joining Disney to create the first ever computer animated feature length film grossing over $300 thousand, before making a $1 billion with Toy Story 3, the first ever animated movie to reach that much in box office sales. Pixar is now the most successful Computer animated animation company in the world.)




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