Animation: 1900 To Today
October 28, 2013
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In October, IADT Buzz traced the beginnings of animation.
There are many more important dates that Animation Technology students should be familiar with. Animation technology is constantly advancing and, especially within the last two centuries, interesting innovations have markedly changed the field.
Consider this list of contemporary milestones:
1924 – Oh Mabel, a short animated film, is the first work to be synchronized with sound. The film uses Lee DeForest’s Phonofilm sound on film process.
1930 – The first standalone color cartoon, Fiddlesticks, is released using two-color Technicolor technology. (Later, in 1937, Walt Disney will release the first feature film using a variation of Technicolor technology. The film is Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.)
1935 – The New Gulliver is the first feature length puppet animated film to be released. It uses stop-motion techniques.
1940 – Disney releases Fantasia, an animated film that utilizes stereophonic sound technology.
1961 – Xerography replaces hand inking in Disney’s feature film One Hundred and One Dalmatians.
1983 – Animators introduce 3D technology with the film Abra Cadabra. This year will also mark the first use of computer-generated imagery, as seen in the film Rock and Rule.
1988 – Who Framed Roger Rabbit is noted as a cinematography milestone for being the first feature film to incorporated live action and cartoon animation into the same scene.
1995 – Disney’s Toy Story is the first fully computer-animated feature film.
After Disney’s innovations with computer animation, the film industry quickly revolutionized. Innovations such as cel-shade animation, digital still cameras and rapid prototyping allowed animators to create films such as Steamboy, Corpse Bride, and Coraline.
The quality of graphics has improved immensely. If you are interested in learning more about t technology that is currently evolving, contact an Animator Technology program advisor today.