Fleischer Retrospective – Part 3

During the Golden Age, every cartoon studio was trying to find their own star. At the time, animated characters were considered actual actors themselves: Mickey Mouse was seen as the animated equivalent of stars like Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, and every other studio was trying to surpass him in popularity. The Fleischer Studios were … Continue reading Fleischer Retrospective – Part 3

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Fleischer Retrospective – Part 2

The end of the silent era brought a notable amount of changes at the Fleischer’s studios. The Out of the Inkwell series was closed, and KoKo temporarely retired. Instead, a new series took its place, the Talkartoons, started as a series of one-shots, but later transformed into a vehicle to promote the studio’s new stars, … Continue reading Fleischer Retrospective – Part 2

Fleischer Retrospective – Part 1

  During the 1930s, the biggest figure in animation was undoubtedly Walt Disney, who started his career in the 1920s as a cartoonist and ended up becoming the face of the biggest company in the field. Despite what others may want you to believe, though, he wasn’t unrivaled: many other artists were making animated shorts … Continue reading Fleischer Retrospective – Part 1

Winsor McCay Retrospective – Part 2

The Sinking of the Lusitania (1918) Probably McCay’s most passionate work, The Sinking of the Lusitania is a propaganda piece made for WWI. It is likely the first animated propaganda ever made, the first animated documentary ever made and (most importantly) the first true attempt at pulling off a dramatic animated film. The short is … Continue reading Winsor McCay Retrospective – Part 2

Winsor McCay Retrospective – Part 1

Winsor McCay is, withouth a doubt, one of the most important figures in animation history. Despite this, most of his films are barely remembered today and, as an artist, he has largely been forgotten by the general public. (The situation seems to be a little better regarding his position in comic strips history, but still … Continue reading Winsor McCay Retrospective – Part 1