Animation is illustration in motion. From the frescoes of the Italian Renaissance to the sequential art of comics and flip books, the inspiration for animation has a rich and diverse history. Modern animation took these early interpretations of motion in art and dramatically increased the frame rate, creating moving pictures in a stylized art form.
The 1920s brought Walt Disney and his groundbreaking Mickey Mouse character. Mickey’s animated adventures were the first to include a fully post-produced soundtrack with voice and sound effects printed on the actual film. The golden age of animation was in full swing by the 1937 release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first feature film with fully hand-drawn animation.
Today’s technology has dramatically changed the world of Animation, allowing levels of realism and convenience that its early trailblazers could have scarcely imagined. But contemporary students of Animation will always look back to those early pioneers of industry with awe and gratitude for creating an art form that takes a drawing on paper and makes it come to life with movement.