Chronology of Animation 1928
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Japan
 
Australasia (excluding Japan)


January
Jan Lenica (January 4, 1928-October 5, 2001) (director, animator) born in Poznan. (Poland)



March
Universal transfers the production of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit series from Disney to Charles Mintz. The next year, the series was taken from Mintz and Universal set up its own studio under Walter Lantz.

Disney continued production on the Oswald cartoons being made for Mintz already while secretly beginning production on the first Mickey Mouse cartoons.





George Winkler sets up the Winkler Studio in Hollywood, California for Charles Mintz to make Oswald cartoons.


May
Putting the Wind Up Winnie (ss), Joe Noble /Pathe. (Great Britain)
(drawn animation)
first Sammy and Sausage series (1928-1930)

Raoul Servais (May 1, 1928- ) (director) born in Ostende. (Belgium)



June
Richard M. Sherman (Dick Sherman, Richard Sherman, Richard Morton Sherman) (June 12, 1928- ) (composer) born in New York, New York.

Alex Toth (Alexander Toth) (June 25, 1928-May 27, 2006) (character designer, art director, writer, director) born in New York, New York.





United States The Americas (excluding U.S.) Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
Japan
 
Australasia (excluding Japan)
July
High Up (ss), Rudolph Ising and R.C. Hamilton /Winkler.
(drawn animation)
first Oswald the Lucky Rabbit series from the Winkler Studio (1928-1929)

Vince Guaraldi (July 17, 1928-February 6, 1976) (composer) born in San Francisco, California.



July
Bunbuku Chagama [文福茶釜] ("Raccoon That Helped a Junk Man") (ss), Yasuji Murata /Yokohama Cinema Kyokai.
(drawn animation)

Bunbuku Chagama imageBunbuku Chagama
August
Mississippi Mud (ss), Walter Lantz and Tom Palmer /Winkler.
(drawn animation)
An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon made by Lantz for Winkler before he took over the character and opened his own cartoon studio.





September
Adam West (William West Anderson) (September 28, 1928- ) (voice actor) born in Walla Walla, Washington.





October
Lou Scheimer (Erik Gunden) (October 19, 1928- ) (producer, voice actor, storyboard artist, background artist) born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.





November
Steamboat Willie (ss), Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks /Disney.
(drawn animation)
first Mickey Mouse series (two other cartoons were made earlier but not generally distributed to theaters until later)
The first sound cartoon to convince distributors and theater owners that sound could be worth the additional expense of reequiping theaters.

Steamboat Willie imageSteamboat Willie

November
Osamu Tezuka (Tezuka Osamu) (November 3, 1928-February 9, 1989) [手塚 治虫] (director, writer, producer) born in Toyonaka, Osaka.


December
Dinner Time (ss), Paul Terry and John Foster /Van Beuren.
(drawn animation)
first sound Aesop's Fables series (1928-1933)


December
Doktor Dolittle und seine Tiere ("Doctor Dolittle and His Animals) (ss), Lotte Reiniger. (Germany)
(silhouette animation)

Doktor Dolittle und seine TiereDoktor Dolittle und seine Tiere
'Orace the 'Armonious 'Ound in "The Jazz Singer" (ss), Joe Noble /British Sound Film Productions. (Great Britain)
(drawn animation, some live action)
first 'Orace the 'Armonious 'Ound series (1928-1929)
first British sound cartoon



United States The Americas (excluding U.S.) Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
Japan
 
Australasia (excluding Japan)
no date
Buried Treasure (ss).
(drawn animation)
early pornographic cartoon supposedly made by someone in the animation industry

Monsters of the Past (ss), Virginia May /Pathe.
(clay animation)

Out of the Inkwell Studio declared bankrupt. Max Fleischer forms the Fleischer Studio. (New York)

Walter Lantz creates a studio for Universal in Hollywood, California. It takes over the Oswald series from the Winkler Studio.


no date
Die Chinesische Nachtigall ("The Chinese Nightingale") (ss), Rudi Klemm and Julius Pinschewer. (Germany)
(drawn animation)

"Eva and the Grasshopper" (ss), Ferdinand and Hermann Diehl /Diehl-Film. (Germany)
(model animation)

Sluchay na stadione ("Occurrence in the Stadium") (ss), Alexander Ptushko. (Soviet Union [Russia])
(model animation)

Zamilovaný vodník ("Amorous Water Sprite") (ss), Hermina Tyrlova. (Czechoslovakia [Czech Republic])
(model animation)

Peter Firmin (director, animator) born in Harwich, Essex. (Great Britain)

no date
Nihonichi no Momotaro [日本一の桃太郎] ("Momotaro Is Japan's Greatest") (ss), Sanae Yamamoto /Takamasa Eiga.
(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.

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


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