Chronology of Animation 1890-1899
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United States The Americas (excluding U.S.) Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
Japan
 
Australasia (excluding Japan)
1890 1890 1890 1890 1890
March
Gregory La Cava (Gregory LaCava, George Gregory La Cava) (director, producer, writer, animator) born in Towanda, Pennsylvania.





August
Grim Natwick (Myron Natwick) (August 16, 1890–October 7, 1990) (animator, director, character designer) born in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.

August
Charles Thorson (Karl Gustaf Stefanson) (August 29, 1890-August 7, 1966) (character designer) born in Winnipeg, Mannitoba. (Canada)




United States The Americas (excluding U.S.) Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
Japan
 
Australasia (excluding Japan)
1891 1891 1891 1891 1891
May
The first prototypes of the Edison Kinetograph (camera) and Kinetoscope (viewing cabinet) are demonstrated to a meeting of the National Federation of Women's Clubs. Most of the work on this device was performed by William Dickson.





October
Burt Gillett (Burton F. Gillett) (director) born in Elmira, New York.





December
Carl Stalling (Carl W. Stalling) (song writer) born in Kansas City, Missouri.





United States The Americas (excluding U.S.) Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
Japan
 
Australasia (excluding Japan)
1892 1892 1892 1892 1892
August
Otto Messmer (August 16, 1892-October 28, 1983) (animator, director, writer) born in West Hoboken, New Jersey.

Roland Crandall (Doc Crandall, Roland C. Crandall, Roland Dimon Crandall) (August 29, 1892-August 14, 1972) (animator) born in New Canaan, Connecticut.





September
Pinto Colvig (Vance Colvig) (voice actor, writer, director) born in Jacksonville, Oregon.







October
Emile Reynaud opens his Theatre optique at the Musee Grevin (1892-1900). Among the films he projected were Le clown et ses chiens ("The Clown and His Dogs") and Pauvre Pierrot ("Poor Pierrot"). (France)
Pauvre Pierrot imagePauvre Pierrot

United States The Americas (excluding U.S.) Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
Japan
 
Australasia (excluding Japan)
1894 1894 1894 1894 1894
April
The first public Kinetoscope parlor opens in New York, New York.





June
Bill Nolan (William C. Nolan) (director, animator) born in Connecticut.





July
Dave Fleischer (David Fleischer) (July 14, 1894–June 25, 1979) (director, producer, animator) born in New York, New York.





United States The Americas (excluding U.S.) Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
Japan
 
Australasia (excluding Japan)
1895 1895 1895 1895 1895


March
Auguste and Louis Lumiere demonstrate their motion picture projector in Paris. First projection of a filmed image on a large screen. (France)



May
Ben Hardaway (Bugs Hardaway, Joseph Benson Hardaway) (May 21, 1895-February 5, 1957) (director, writer, voice actor) born in Missouri.





November
Ben Sharpsteen (Benjamin Sharpsteen) (November 4, 1895-December 20, 1980) (director, producer, animator) born in Tacoma, Washington.





United States The Americas (excluding U.S.) Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
Japan
 
Australasia (excluding Japan)
1896 1896 1896 1896 1896



January
Yasuji Murata (Murata Yasuji 村田安司) (January 24, 1896-November 2, 1966) (director, animator, producer) born in Yokohama.




May
Hans Fischerkoesen (director, producer) born in Bad Koesen. (Germany)





July
Quirino Cristiani (director, producer, writer, animator) (July 2, 1896–August 2, 1984) born in Santa Giuletta. (Italy)






no date
Hiroshi Okawa (Okawa Hiroshi 博 大川) (December 30, 1896-August 17, 1971) (producer) born.


United States The Americas (excluding U.S.) Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
Japan
 
Australasia (excluding Japan)
1898 1898 1898 1898 1898
January
Dick Huemer (Richard Martin Huemer) (animator, director, writer) born in Brooklyn, New York.



January
Yasuji Murata (Murata Yasuji 村田安司) (January 1898-November 1966) (director, animator, producer) born in Yokohama.





February
Sanae Yamamoto (Yamamoto Sanae, Yamamoto Zenjiro) (director, producer, animator) born in Chiba Prefecture.


July
Ken Harris (Karol Ross Harris) (July 31, 1898-March 24, 1982) (animator) born in California.








October
Kenzo Masaoka (Masaoka Kenzo, [政岡憲三]) (October 5, 1898-November 23, 1988) (director, producer, animator) born in Nishi.


United States The Americas (excluding U.S.) Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
Japan
 
Australasia (excluding Japan)
1899 1899 1899 1899 1899


June
Lotte Reiniger (Charlotte Reiniger) (June 2, 1899-June 19, 1981) (animator, director) born in Berlin. (Germany)





August
Valentina Brumberg (Valentina Semyonovna Brumberg) (August 2, 1899-November 28, 1975) (animator, director) born in Moscow. (Russia)





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Matches: An Appeal (ss)/(adv), Arthur Melbourne-Cooper. (Great Britain)
(model animation)
This film was made to encourage donations of matches for British soldiers. It is possible that this film was actually made during the first World War, rather than the Boer War which it has been traditionally associated with.




Note: Unfortunately I lack the time or resources to help people find copies of animated films and television programs. I have put together a web List of Online Video and Book Stores that will be useful to find copies in the United States. There are other similar stores on the Internet around the world that might be able to supply the DVDs, LDs, or video tapes that are desired. Check my Animation on the World Wide Web pages for links to animation studios and other Internet resources that may have further information. I am not involved in trading materials from my own collection. I am still waiting to see most of the programs in this Chronology and would be happy to find sources for many of them.

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