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Winsor McCay (Little Nemo)

Winsor McCay (Little Nemo)

McCay is considered the father of "true" animation.

His 1911 film, Winsor McCay, the Famous Cartoonist of the N.Y. Herald and His Moving Comics, or Little Nemo contains two minutes of pure animation using sequential hand illustration in a novel way.


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Muybridge: Waltzing couple (1893)

Muybridge: Waltzing couple (1893)

The animal locomotion studies of Eadweard J. Muybridge are among the earliest visual experiments in creating an illusion of motion. The "persistence of vision" principle laid the foundation for later forms of videography.


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The Enchanted Drawing (1900)

The Enchanted Drawing (1900)

British filmmaker J. Stuart Blackton is credited with creating the first animation in America. He was the first to use stop-motion as a storytelling technique.

In The Enchanted Drawing, Blackton sketches a face, cigars, and a bottle of wine, then "removes" these last drawings as r...


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The Story of Fantasmagorie (1908)

The Story of Fantasmagorie (1908)

Émile Cohl is the father of the animated cartoon. In 1907, Cohl was hired as a scenarist by Gaumont to generate one-page story ideas for movies.

Between February and May 1908, Cohl created Fantasmagorie, the ...


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Georges Méliès (The Prolific Egg)

Georges Méliès (The Prolific Egg)

Georges Méliès was the first cinemagician for his early use of special effects in cinema.

In 1902, he appeared in one of his own films, l'oeuf du sorcier (The Prolific Egg). The groundbreaking exploration of scale, multiplication, and transitions truly sealed his reputation as a "...


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1894: "The little lost child"

1894: "The little lost child"

In 1894, two clothing salesmen, that also had a side business as songwriters, came up with a novel way to sell the sheet music to "The Little Lost Child."

They hired an electrician to create a series of "magic lantern" slide projections of photos to accompany perfo...

Johann Sebastian Bach: Early Life

  • Born in 1685 in Germany, Bach was in a dynasty of musicians, though his mother and father died before he turned ten.
  • Even as an orphan, he got into what he loved, starting with organ music as a court musician, composing for church services.
  • This added a flavour of the de...

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