Animation has become such an essential part of our regular lives now, that we cannot see a life without it. But a century ago, the animation was much more different. It has gone through an incredible change from the time it had been originated to the time we see it now. The evolution has been due to contributions from wonderful technologies as well as some great imaginations of great minds.
Animations represent the imaginations of people in the most beautiful manner. Since a very early age, we keep on thinking about how this works, what is so different in it. In this contemporary world, video animations are not only to entertain the kids, but it’s a very effective tool for visual communication as well. From cartoons to the whole new medium of creativity and expression, the video animations have come a long way.
There is a huge evolution in animation technology from showcasing moving art pieces to the world where internet technology helps create some terrific videos enjoyed by diverse groups of persons. Let’s relive the evolution of video animation here.
The Enthralling Roots
It all began in 1887 when an individual named H.W. Goodwin produced a celluloid film that was capable of holding images. The celluloid was created from gum camphor and gum cotton.
Creation of Early Moving Picture
A Frenchman named Emil Reynaud in 1892, began a theatre by employing an invention termed the Praxinoscope. It was created from turning mirrors that were used to reflect the images and produce a 10 to 15 minute “moving scene.”
Thomas Edison’s Kinetoscope
Thomas Edison, in the year 1887, was able to make moving film pictures that were projected in the walls and that too, with the help of H.W. Goodwin’s celluloid film. The movie moved over a series of wheels in order to create the animation.
Capturing of the Sound
In the history of video animation, for the very first time in 1899, the sound for an animated video had been recorded with the help of a magnetic recording device. The animation fanatics had latched themselves onto this amazing technology.
The Captivated Drawing
James Stuart Blackton in 1900 then employed the animation techniques of the former century to make a short film. The film documented the drawing procedure of the movie characters, without ever presenting it to the artist. J. Stuart Blackton is famed as the father of animation. His silent film is attributed to be the first animated sequence in film history ever.
The First Official Animated Film
In 1908, the French Artist Émile Cohl made the film called “Fantasmagorie.” It was the first entirely animated cartoon movie with no live-action of any kind. It was a super hit and is famed today to be known as the first animated film. With the characters morphing and changing in the entire movie, Cohl desired to validate the fantastical, reality-defying ability of animation through his creation.
In 1914, Windsor McCay’s film, Gertie the Dinosaur, became popular very quickly. Gertie was the first animated character to attain notoriety. It was the first animation movie to use new techniques such as keyframing, inbetweening, registration marks, and animation loops. These methods then became a part of the general industry practice for conventional animation production for the upcoming decades.
Creation of a Patent
John Bray successfully created and patented a whole streamlined process in 1915 to make animated movies. He had tried to push some of the other industries to use the projects he had made but was not very successful.
Otto Messmer, in 1920, created a character called Felix the Cat. Felix was an extremely successful character and even landed up in dolls and watches. Felix the Cat was the main character in a sequence of short cartoons stories produced by Otto Messmer. Felix was successful in becoming the first ‘star’ of the animated industry’s silent film period.
Laugh O Grams
In 1922, the Twenty-year-old Walt Disney created his first animation film studio called the Laugh-O-Grams. But it failed instantly after only one short time.
Despite being unsuccessful, he still kept on making the animation videos. In the year 1928, he made a short film called Steamboat Willie, which had Mickey Mouse in it. For the very first time, the sound was used, which lead to the instant success of the movie.
The Rise of Warner Bros. Studio
Looney Tunes, in 1930, grabbed the attention of masses and became a massive hit. It was created by Disney and is considered to be a spin-off from the Silly Symphonies. It soon grabbed the attention of the masses and became very successful. In fact, it was the first animated film to win the Academy Award for the Best Animated Short film.
Creation of SnowWhite
Walt Disney made the first-ever full-length animated movie. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs became a major hit. This labor-intensive yet aesthetically attractive creation makes this a work that made Walt Disney be one of the world’s pioneering and groundbreaking storytellers.
Computer Generated Movies
Ed Catmull developed a technology of producing computer-generated films. It made usage of the scripting language. This has given a number of other greater movies and animated blockbusters to the world that is being created over the years. Jurassic Park, toy story, lord of rings, the avatar has used novel technologies and 3D art that shows the massive evolution of the video animations.
This creation journey was not easy and full of obstacles, but the creative minds have made this possible and given a great treat to the spectators around the world.