Chronology of Animation 1948
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January
Nihon Doga formed by Kenzo Masaoka and Sanae Yamamoto after leaving Shin Nihon Doga.


February
What Makes Daffy Duck (ss), Arthur Davis /Warner Bros.
(drawn animation)


February
Michael Hirsh (February 8, 1948- ) (producer, writer) born in Brussels. (Belgium)






April
Sukehiro Tomita (Tomita Sukehiro, 富田 祐弘) (April 14, 1948- ) (writer) born in Saitama Prefecture.


May
Melody Time (f), Ben Sharpsteen /Disney.
(drawn animation, some live action)
contains: Once Upon a Wintertime (ss) Hamilton Luske, Bumble Boogie (ss) Jack Kinney, Johnny Appleseed (ss) Wilfred Jackson, Little Toot (ss) Clyde Geronimi, Trees (ss) Hamilton Luske, Blame It on the Samba (ss) Clyde Geronimi, and Pecos Bill (ss) Clyde Geonimi


May
Sofia Animation Studio founded by Dimitar Todorov-Jarava. (Bulgaria)

May
Tessho Genda (Genda Tessho, Yokoi Mitsuo) (May 20, 1948- ) (voice actor) born in Okayama.


June
Butterscotch and Soda (ss), Seymour Kneitel /Famous.
(drawn animation)
first Little Audrey series (1948-1958)





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Japan
 
Australasia (excluding Japan)
July
Jay Ward and Alexander Anderson, Jr. found Television Arts Productions in Hollywood, California to make cartoons for television.


July
The Thames (ss), Henry Stringer /GB Animation. (Great Britain)
(drawn animation)
first Musical Paintbox series (1948-1950)






August
Toshio Suzuki (Suzuki Toshio 鈴木敏夫) (August 19, 1948- ) (producer) born in Nagoya, Aichi.




October
The Lion (ss), Bert Felsted /GB Animation. (Great Britain)
(drawn animation)
first Animaland series (1948-1950)

Alegres Vacaciones ("Happy Vacations") (f), José María Blay and Arturo Moreno /Diarmo. (Spain)
(drawn animation)

October
Poppaya-san Nonki Ekicho [ポッポやさんののんき駅長] ("Poppaya-san, The Good-natured Station Master") (ss), Masao Kumagawa /Nihon Doga.
(drawn animation)


December
Mickey and the Seal (ss), Charles Nichols /Disney.
(drawn animation)

Tea for Two Hundred (ss), Jack Hannah /Disney.
(drawn animation)

Robin Hoodlum (ss), John Hubley /UPA.
(drawn animation)
first cartoon made by UPA for distribution by Columbia

Symphony in Spinach (ss), Seymour Kneitel /Famous Studios.
(drawn animation)

United Artists decides to stop distributing Lantz cartoons. Lantz studio closes.





United States The Americas (excluding U.S.) Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
Japan
 
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no date
UPA hired to make Columbia's cartoons.

no date
John Phillips and Harry Gutkin form the Phillips-Gutkin and Associates studio (advertising) in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Canada)

no date
L'Asino e la pelle del leone ("The Donkey and the Lion's Hair") (f), Paola Campani. (Italy)
(drawn animation)

Ballade Atomique ("Atomic Ballad") (ss), Jean Image. (France)
(drawn animation)

Fedia Zaitsev [Федя Зайцев] (ss), Valentina Brumberg and Zinaida Brumberg /Soyuzmultifilm. (Soviet Union [Russia])
(drawn animation)
(a longer version of this film was released as Chelovechka narisoval ya in 1960)

Kakhardakan Gorg [ВОЛШЕБНЫЙ КОВЕР] ("The Magic Carpet") (sf), Lev Atamanov /Yerevan Film. (Soviet Union [Armenia])
(drawn animation)

Magic Canvas (ss), John Halas /Halas & Batchelor. (Great Britain)
(drawn animation)

O milionari ktery ukradl slunce ("About a Millionaire Who Stole the Sun") (ss), Zdenek Miler /Studio Bratri v triku. (Czechoslovakia [Czech Republic])
(drawn animation)

E.O.S. Filmproducktion founded by Gerhard Fieber. (Federal Republic of Germany [Germany])

no date
Baghdad Hime [バグダッド姫] ("Baghdad Princess") (sf), Iwao Ashida /Sanko Eiga-sha.
(drawn animation)

no date
"Turtle Caught in the Jar" (ss), Fang Ming (Tadahito Mochinaga) /Tong Pei. (China)
(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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