What Happened To My Animation History Class?

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In January, I wrote a post stating how I’m taking an animated film history class this semester and that I’d keep updating my blog with my progress of the class, new information that I’ve learned, and the projects that I’ve completed. But as you’ve noticed (or probably not noticed), I didn’t write anything else about my class! Well, the semester is near its end and I’ve taken the final exam for my class.

The reason that I didn’t write anything about my class here I guess, is because I was concentrating on my Disney Canon project and didn’t want to spend time talking about other things. Also, the amount of information that I learned from this class was quite extensive, so I didn’t know really where to start.

But maybe, when I finish my Disney Canon project, I may write posts about what I’ve learned in my class. Thanks for the patience, all!

My Thoughts: GULLIVER’S TRAVELS (1939)

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When one thinks of early animation, one generally thinks of Walt Disney and his early animated shorts and films. And that isn’t a bad thought to think of actually!

"You're darn right I'm not a bad thought to think of!"
“You’re darn right I’m not a bad thought to think of!”

But when one studies the history of animation, at least in the United States, one finds that Walt Disney wasn’t ever one of the founding fathers of animation nor was he an early pioneer of the field! He was preceded by a plethora of animation pioneers whose names generally go forgotten by the masses. These include Winsor McCay, J. Stuart Blackton, John Bray, Earl Hurd, Paul Terry, and Max Fleischer amongst others! And yet if it wasn’t for these men, animation as an art and film medium would probably have been virtually dead by now!

So I thought I should pay tribute to the early days of animation and take a look at the second full-length American animated film.

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“Pinocchio?”

No, it’s not a Disney film, believe it or not! It’s actually a film made by the last name that I mentioned in the paragraph above: Max Fleischer. The film is called “Gulliver’s Travels”, based on the book of the same name, and we’re gonna take a look at it! Continue reading “My Thoughts: GULLIVER’S TRAVELS (1939)”