1887 – A man named H.W. Goodwin invented a celluloid film which could hold images. It was made of gum cotton and gum camphor.
1892 – A French man named Emil Reynaud opened a theater and used a Praxinoscope that used turning mirrors to reflect images and produce a short moving picture.
1893 – Using the celluloid film developed by H.W. Goodwin, Thomas Edison produced moving film pictures on the wall. The film moved over a series of wheels to produce the pictures.
1899 – Using a magnetic recording device sound was added to these movies but the quality was still very low.
1900 – A man named James Stuart Blackton produced a short film using the animation techniques he learned to make this film documenting the drawing process of characters, without ever showing the artist. This gave the viewer the sense of the drawing simply appearing as it progresses, obscuring the fact that it’s being drawn.
1908 – A Frenchman named Emile Cohl produced a film called “Fantasmagorie.” Although not very detailed, it was a hit and is known today as the first true animated film.
1914 – Gertie the Dinosaur was produced and it really shows the progression of animation and the realism of them too as the move on with time.
1915 – An invention created and patented by John Bray was made but sold unsuccessfully and failed.
1920 – Felix the Cat was created by Otto Messmer, a very experienced member in the animation industry. Felix the Cat went on to gain fame and had merchandise.
1922 – Twenty-year-old Walt Disney began his first animation film studio called Laugh-O-Grams. It failed after only a short period time.
1928 – Walt Disney came back with Disney studios and created Steamboat Willie. It featured Mickey Mouse and using sounds, for example, whistling, for the first time. It was an instant hit.
1930 – Warner Bros. Studio is born and the creation Looney Tunes is made. Looney Tunes was a spin-off of Silly Symphonies by Disney. It soon took on a life of its own and became very popular.
1932 – Walt Disney developed the use of 3-strip Technicolor animation. In 1935, Len Lye created a method of painting directly on film strips; he used it in his animated film Color Box.
1937 – A big push on animation. Walt Disney produced Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. It was the first-ever full-length animated film and it was a major hit!
1940 – The next few years brought many iconic characters that some of us even grew up with, characters like Woody Woodpecker, Mighty Mouse, and Tom and Jerry.
1972 – Another big step for animation, a man named Ed Catmull developed a method of creating computer generated movies at the University of Utah. It used scripting language which allowed for so much more time to be saved and for the animations to have a more realistic feel.
1993 – Computer company, Apple, produced a method for creating 3-D films, and in 1995 Toy Story was released as the first full-length 3-D film. Toy Story is now a classic and considered one of the best animated series ever. The animation industry then continued to use this method to produce more classic such as Monster inc and the Invincibles.