The Origin Of Animation And Cartoons

The word “animation” is derived originally from the Greek “animare”, “to breathe in something without”. Animation is now used by many people for education, entertainment, gaming and advertising.

The idea behind animated films is that they create an illusion of motion through the continuous switching of still series. By letting the images stay on your retina a tiny bit longer, the animation will appear to be moving. Because the human eye isn’t developed enough to be able to separate every picture, it makes it easier for us to see by linking them together. Cell animation is a technique that uses a series of photos taken in conjunction to create movement. The mechanics of this old invention remain relevant today, despite its age. The cell animation process allows users to select certain elements of an object that has movement (such as waves or running men) and place them in other parts with different colors and positions. This saves time and effort because the entire image doesn’t have to be redrawn.

Cartoons have been around since Benjamin Franklin’s time, when they were used primarily to express political views. In the late 19th century, technology advances allowed animations to be produced quickly enough for a cartoon to last a full length. J. Stuart Blackton produced the first animation in 1906 called Humorous Phases of Funny Faces. Blackton was the creator of the first animated movie, Humorous Phases of Funny Faces. The pictures were drawn by hand and then photographed. The invention of celluloid made the entire process quicker after 1913. Complex backgrounds no longer had to be drawn repeatedly. Cartoons had a very specific purpose in those days: they were used to spread propaganda. In the modern world, this is probably the least common use of cartoons. However, in some countries, animated characters still criticize current political events.

It is common for people to believe that a cartoon must contain a certain amount of humor. Animation has too many different genres for it to rely solely on its comical aspect. Mickey Mouse and Tom and Jerry are popular among younger viewers, while South Park or Rick and Morty target a mature audience because of their adult humor and more philosophical themes.

Norman McLaren is a Canadian animator who was born in Scotland. He said, “Animation isn’t the art that moves drawings, but the art that draws movements.”

The Animation Industry has created so many jobs that it is now a global industry. The fact that animation is so advanced, we now have versions that look like humans instead of actual people, is absurd. Animation is an important part of filmmaking, because without animation you would not have special effects. Animation is also used in other industries. Construction of buildings is aided by a 3-D image. In medical fields, the visual body of a patient can be used for teaching. Web-designing also uses animation.

To create a cartoon short, it takes an entire team working together. Georges Melies was the first to create special effects that are highly valued in today’s films. Georges Melies was the first to create what would be later called stop-motion animated. The camera is stopped for a scene change and the film is then continued. Melies was accidentally introduced to this technique after his camera failed while he shot a moving vehicle. Melies was filming a moving bus when his camera broke down. A hearse then passed by at the same time as Melies started the film. J. Stuart Blackton was an American filmmaker who used stop-motion animation and hand-drawn techniques. Emile Cohl started to draw cartoons. Blackton, Cohl and many others began to experiment with animation. Winsor McCay was a newspaper cartoonist who created animations with a large team. Each frame is drawn on a piece of paper. The backgrounds and the characters are then redrawn.

Walt Disney’s animated movies began with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Then came The Gallopin’ Gaucho and Plane Crazy. Steamboat Willie was the first ever animated feature with sound. Silly Symphonies followed Steamboat Willie in the 1930s and included music-based one shot cartoons. The Skeleton Dance came first, with more following. Disney began production in 1934 and finished the film in three years. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was released in December 1937 and by 1939, it had become the highest grossing film at the time. The studio released many feature and short films after the hugely successful film, including Pinocchio and Bambi. Walt Disney continued to produce short animated features and became the industry giant we know it today.


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    Kayla Russo is an educational blogger and volunteer and student. She is a 27 yo educational blogger and volunteer and student who loves to help others learn.



Kayla Russo is an educational blogger and volunteer and student. She is a 27 yo educational blogger and volunteer and student who loves to help others learn.

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