Chronology of Animation 1915
Return to 1914
United States The Americas (excluding U.S.) Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
Japan
 
Australasia (excluding Japan)
January
Great Americans Past and Present (ss), Sidney Olcott /World Film.
(drawn animation, some live action)
first Bertlevyettes series

The Siege of Liege (ss), Harry Palmer /M-in-A Films.
(drawn animation)
first M-in-A Cartoons series (1915)

Bill Peet (William Bartlett Peet, William Bartlett Peed) (January 29, 1915–May 11, 2002) (writer, storyboard artist, character designer) born in Grandview, Indiana.





March
The Animated Grouch Chaser (ss), Raoul Barre /Barre.
(drawn animation)
first Animated Grouch Chaser series





May
A Visit to the Zoo (ss), Wallace Carlson /Essanay.
(drawn animation)
first Dreamy Dud series (1915-1916)

Pat Sullivan opens a studio in New York.





June
Little Herman (ss), Paul Terry.
(drawn animation, some live action)
(drawn animation)
An experimental film made by Terry to demonstrate his ability to animate.

Otto Luck in the Movies (ss), Wallace Carlson /Bray.
(drawn animation)
one of the Otto Luck cartoons (1915)





United States The Americas (excluding U.S.) Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
Japan
 
Australasia (excluding Japan)
July
Bobby Bumps Gets Pa's Goat (ss), Earl Hurd /Bray.
(drawn animation)
first Bobby Bumps cartoon (1915-1925)

John R. Bray applies for patent with a variant use of cels. The background is on a cel which is placed over a sheet of paper that has the animated figures. This patent was granted in April 1916.









August
Te Wei (Sheng Song 特偉) (August 22, 1915-February 4, 2010) (director, producer, writer, animator) born in Shanghai. (China)

September
Dancing Lesson (ss), Harry S. Palmer /Gaumont.
(drawn animation)
first Keeping Up With the Joneses series (1915-1916)





October
Canimated Nooz Pictorial No. 1 (ss), Wallace A. Carlson /Essanay Film.
(drawn animation, some live action)
first Canimated Nooz Pictorial series (1915-1917)







November
Trolldrycken ("The Demon Drink") (ss), Victor Bergdahl /Svenska Biografteatern AB. (Sweden)
(drawn animation)
first Swedish animation



December
Max Fleischer applies for patent on the rotoscope.
The rotoscope projects the image of a photograph on a piece of paper to be traced. When successive movie images are traced it allows for easy creation of animated drawings.





United States The Americas (excluding U.S.) Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
Japan
 
Australasia (excluding Japan)
no date
The Travels of Teddy (ss), Hy Mayer and Otto Messmer /Mayer.
(drawn animation)

International Film Service created by William Randolph Hearst. The studio was established to animate comic strips from Hearst newspapers. The director of the studio was Gregory LaCava.

The Mutt and Jeff Film Company created by Bud Fisher to animate his comic strip. Charles Bowers opens a studio in Mount Vernon, New York to produce the cartoons. The cartoons were first distributed by the studio directly, then by Fox Films.


no date
Charlot (ss) series, Gaumont. (France)
(drawn animation)

Fight for the Dardanelles (ss)/(edu), Percy Smith /Urban. (Great Britain)
(cut-out animation, live action)


no date
Agkadyanchi Mouj ("Matchsticks' Fun") (ss), Dhumdiraj Govind Phalke. (India)
(model animation)


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.

Because of these circumstances I will not respond to requests for help to find these types of materials.


Continue to 1916 Last update: May 21, 2011
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