Chronology of Animation 1916
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United States The Americas (excluding U.S.) Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
Japan
 
Australasia (excluding Japan)
January
Bang Go the Rifles (ss), Gregory La Cava /IFS.
(drawn animation)
first Joys and Gloom series (1916)

Sammy Johnsin Hunter (ss), Pat Sullivan /Sullivan.
(drawn animation)
first Sammy Johnsin series (1916)

Bray Studios cartoons distributed as part of Paramount newsreels.





February
The Birth of the Trick Kids (ss), Bray.
(model animation)
first The Trick Kids series (1916)

Farmer Al Falfa's Catastrophe (ss), Paul Terry /Bray.
(drawn animation)
first Farmer Al Falfa cartoon (1916-23), the character was used by Terry for many years in his productions

Introducing Krazy Kat and Ignatz Mouse (ss), IFS.
(drawn animation)
first Krazy Kat series (1916-1917); Krazy Kat series were later made by Bray (1920-21) and Winkler/Mintz/Screen Gems (1925-1940)

Poor Si Keeler (ss), Gregory La Cava /IFS.
(drawn animation)
first Maud the Mule series (1916)

Priscilla and the Pesky Fly (ss), Ashley Miller /Bray.
(model animation)
first Plastiques series (1916)





United States The Americas (excluding U.S.) Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
Japan
 
Australasia (excluding Japan)
March
Adventures of Mr. Nobody Holme (ss), Gregory LaCava /INS.
(drawn animation)

Happifat's New Playmate (ss), Bray.
(model animation)
early Happifat series (1916)

Our National Vaudeville (ss), Harry S. Palmer /Gaumont.
(drawn animation)
first Kartoon Komics series (1916-1917)

A Romance in Toyland (ss), Horace Taylor /Taylor and Wheatley.
(model animation)
first Toyland series (1916)

Lucille Bliss (March 31, 1916- ) (voice actress) born in New York, New York.





April
Eyvind Earle (April 26, 1916-July 20, 2000) (background artist, color stylist) born in Manhattan, New York.

Vic Perrin (April 26, 1916-July 4, 1989) (voice actor) born in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.





United States The Americas (excluding U.S.) Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
Japan
 
Australasia (excluding Japan)
May
The Boob Weekly (ss); George Stallings and Rube Goldberg /Barre.
(drawn animation)
first Boob Weekly series

Charlie in Carmen (ss), Otto Messmer /Sullivan.
(drawn animation)
first Charlie [Chaplin] series (1916)

He Tries Mesmerism (ss) F.M. Follett /Powers.
(drawn animation)
first Mr. Fuller Pep series

Stone Age Roost Robber (ss), L.M. Glackens /Bray.
(drawn animation)





November
Father Gets Into the Movies (ss), Frank Moser /IFS.
(drawn animation)
first Bringing Up Father series (1916-1918)

Jerry Ships a Circus (ss), IFS.
(drawn animation)
first Jerry On the Job series (1916-1917); series later continued by Bray

Miracles in Mud series by Willie Hopkins.
(clay animation)
series appeared as part of the Universal Weekly newsreel (1916-1918).

Where Do You Go From Here (edu)/(ss), Walt MacDougall /Associated Arts Films.
(drawn animation)

Daws Butler (Charles Dawson Butler) (November 16, 1916–May 18, 1988) (voice actor) born in Toledo, Ohio.

November
Bill Melendez (Jose Cuautemoc Melendez) (November 15, 1916-September 2, 2008) (producer, director, animator, voice actor) born in Hermosillo. (Mexico)




United States The Americas (excluding U.S.) Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
Japan
 
Australasia (excluding Japan)
December
Nervy Nat Has His Fortune Told (ss), Pat Sullivan /Sullivan.
(drawn animation)

Trials of a Movie Cartoonist (ss), Otto Messmer /Sullivan.
(drawn animation)

The Captain Goes a-Swimming (ss), Charles Bowers /IFS.
(drawn animation)
first Hans and Fritz cartoon (1916-1918)





no date
Charles Bowers merges his studio with Raoul Barre's.

Pathe-News forms a cartoon unit for its newsreels.


no date
The Artist's Dream (ss), Harold Shaw. (South Africa)
(drawn animation)

Blagford et le serpent boa (ss), Pierre de Leka. (France)
(drawn animation)

La guerra e il sogno di Momi ("The War and the Dream of Momi") (f), Giovanni Pastrone and Segundo de Chomin (animation)/Itala Film. (Italy)
(model animation, some live action)

Kapten Groggs underbara resa ("Captain Grogg’s Wonderful Journey") (ss), Victor Bergdahl /Svenska Biografteatern AB. (Sweden)
(drawn animation)
first Kapten Grogg ("Captain Grogg") series (1916-1922)

Negern och Hunden ("The Negro and His Dog") (ss), M. R. Liljeqvist. (Sweden)
(drawn 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.

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