Chronology of Animation 1939
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United States The Americas (excluding U.S.) Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
Japan
 
Australasia (excluding Japan)



January
Shingo Araki (Araki Shingo 荒木 伸吾) (January 1, 1939- ) (animator, character designer, layout artist, storyboard artist) born in Nagoya, Aichi.

Masako Ikeda (Ikeda Masako 池田昌子) (January 1, 1939- ) (voice actress) born in Tokyo.


February
Jitterbug Follies (ss), Milt Gross /MGM.
(drawn animation)
first of two Count Screwloose cartoons

The Magic Beans (ss), Les Kline /Lantz.
(drawn animation)
first Nertsery Rhyme series (1939)

Mama's New Hat (ss), Friz Freleng /MGM.
(drawn animation)





March
Goofy and Wilbur (ss), Dick Huemer /Disney.
(drawn animation)
first Goofy series (1939-1965)





United States The Americas (excluding U.S.) Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
Japan
 
Australasia (excluding Japan)
April
The Ugly Duckling (ss), Jack Cutting /Disney.
(drawn animation)
Academy Award: Best Short Subjects, Cartoons

The Ugly Duckling image
Popeye the Sailor Meets Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp (ss), Dave Fleischer /Fleischer.
(drawn animation)


Popeye the Sailor Meets Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp image



June
The Bear That Couldn't Sleep (ss), Rudolph Ising /MGM.
(drawn animation)
first Barney Bear series (1939-1954)





United States The Americas (excluding U.S.) Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
Japan
 
Australasia (excluding Japan)
July
The Pointer (ss), Clyde Geronimi /Disney.
(drawn animation)

Stubborn Mule (ss), Burt Gillett /Lantz.
(drawn animation)
first Li'l Eightball series (1939)



July
Benkei tai Ushiwaka [べんけい対ウシワカ] ("Benkei versus Ushiwaka") (ss), Kenzo Masaoka /Nihon Doga Kenkyujo.
(drawn animation)


August
Detouring America (ss), Tex Avery /Schlesinger.
(drawn animation)

Life Begins for Andy Panda (ss), Alex Lovy /Lantz.
(drawn animation)
first Andy Panda series (1939-1949).





September
Charm Bracelet (ss), Harry Love and Allen Rose /Screen Gems.
(drawn animation)
first Phantasy Cartoon series (1939-1948)

The Little Lost Sheep (ss), Allen Rose, Harry Love and Louie Lilly /Screen Gems.
(drawn animation)
first Fables series (1939-1942)





United States The Americas (excluding U.S.) Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
Japan
 
Australasia (excluding Japan)
October
The Orphan Duck (ss), Connie Rasinski /Terrytoons.
(drawn animation)
first Dinky Duck series (1939-1957)


October
Jean-François Laguionie (October 4, 1939- ) (director, writer, art director, producer) born in Besançon, Doubs. (France)



December
Gulliver's Travels (f), Dave Fleischer /Fleischer.
(drawn animation)

Peace on Earth (ss), Hugh Harman /MGM.
(drawn animation)





United States The Americas (excluding U.S.) Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
Japan
 
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no date
Spook Sport (ss), Mary Ellen Bute and Norman McLaren.
(drawn animation)


no date
Don Juan y Dona Ines (ss), Martinez Romano and Menda. (Spain)
(drawn animation)

The H.P.O. (ss)/(adv), Lotte Reiniger /GPO Film Unit. (Great Britain)
(silhouette animation)

The Obedient Flame (ss)/(edu), Norman McLaren /Science Films. (Great Britain)
(drawn animation, some live action)

Paper People Land (ss), Cyril Jenkins /Jenkins. (Great Britain)
(cutout animation)

Skazka o glupom myshonke ("The Silly Little Mouse") (sf), Mikhail Tsekhanovsky /Lenfilm. (Soviet Union [Russia])
(drawn animation)

Solotoj, Klujutschik [Золотой Ключик] ("The Little Gold Key") (f), Alexander Ptushko /Soyuzmultifilm. (Soviet Union [Russia])
(model animation, live action)

Die Stadtmaus und die Feldmaus ("The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse") (ss), Ferdinand Diehl, Hermann Diehl, and Paul Diehl /Diehl-Film. (Germany)
(model animation)

Swinging the Lambeth Walk (ss), Len Lye /Realist Films. (Great Britain)
(direct-on-film animation)

Tanz der Farben ("Dance of the Colors") (ss), Hans Fischinger. (Germany)
(drawn animation)

Tertern u Aytze [ПОП И КОЗА] ("The Priest and the Goat") (ss), Lev Atamanov /Armenfilm. (Soviet Union [Armenia])
(drawn animation)

Joop Geesink and Marten Toonder found the Geesink-Toonder Studios. Geesink and most of the staff came from the George Pal studio. (Netherlands)

József Gémes (director, animator, writer) born in Budapest. (Hungary).

no date
Kachikachi Yama ("The Hare Gets Revenge Over the Raccoon") (ss), Kon Ichikawa /Jo.
(drawn animation)

no date
Nelson Shin (Shin Neung-gyun 넬슨 신) (producer, director, animator) born in Pyeongsan, Hwanghye. (Korea [North Korea])


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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