Chronology of Animation 1957
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United States The Americas (excluding U.S.) Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
Japan
 
Australasia (excluding Japan)
January
The Three Little Bops (ss), Friz Freleng /Warner Bros.
(drawn animation)

John Lasseter (January 12, 1957- ) (director, writer, producer, animator, character designer) born in Hollywood, California.





February
Charlie Adler (Charles Adler) (voice actor, voice director) born in Brooklyn, New York.

Ben Hardaway (Bugs Hardaway, Joseph Benson Hardaway) (May 21, 1895-February 5, 1957) (director, writer, voice actor) dies in North Hollywood, California.





March
The Gumby Show (tv)/(tvss), Art Clokey /Clokey.
(clay animation, model animation, some live action)






April
Susan Roman (April 17, 1957- ) (voice actor) born in Edmonton, Alberta. (Canada)

April
Andreas Deja (April 1, 1957- ) (animator) born in Gdansk. (Poland)

April
Kenji Kawai (Kawai Kenji, 川井 憲次) (April 23, 1957- ) (composer) born in Shinagawa, Tokyo.





May
Koneko no Rakugaki [こねこのらくがき] ("The Kitten Artist") (ss), Yasuji Mori /Toei Doga.
(drawn animation)


June
Tom Terrific (tvss), Gene Deitch /Terrytoons.
(drawn animation)
appeared on the Captain Kangaroo Show
(1957-1959)





United States The Americas (excluding U.S.) Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
Japan
 
Australasia (excluding Japan)
July
Tabasco Road (ss), Robert McKimson /Warner Bros.
(drawn animation)

What's Opera, Doc? (ss), Charles M. Jones /Warner Bros.
(drawn animation)


July
Alexander Petrov (Alexandr Konstantinovich Petrov Александр Константинович Петров) (July 17, 1957- ) (director, animator, art director, character designer) born in Prechistoye, Yaroslavl. (Soviet Union [Russia])

July
Takashi Watanabe (Watanabe Takashi 渡部高志) (July 22, 1957- ) (director, producer, writer, mecha designer, music producer) born in Sapporo, Hokkaido.


August
Birds Anonymous (ss), Friz Freleng /Warner Bros.
(drawn animation)
Academy Award: Best Short Subjects, Cartoons

Birds Anonymous imageBirds Anonymous
The Truth About Mother Goose (ss), Wolfgang Reitherman and Bill Justice /Disney.
(drawn animation)

Paul Dini (August 7, 1957- ) (writer, producer) born in New York, New York.



August
Hajime Kamegaki (Kamegaki Hajime 亀垣一) (August 21, 1957- ) (director, animator, storyboard artist, prop designer, character designer) born.


September
UPA Cartoon Parade (tv), UPA.
(drawn animation)
various short cartoons made for television

Brad Bird (September 11, 1957- ) (director, animator, storyboard artist, writer, producer, voice actor) born in Kalispell, Montana.



September
Keiko Toda (Toda Keiko 戸田 恵子) (September 12, 1957- ) (voice actress) born in Nagoya, Aichi.


November
Nancy Cartwright (October 25, 1957- ) (voice actress) born in Dayton, Ohio.

Cam Clarke (Cameron Arthur Clarke) (November 6, 1957- ) (voice actor) born in Los Angeles, California.


November
Snezhnaya koroleva [Снежная королева] ("The Snow Queen") (f), Lev Atamanov /Soyuzmultifilm. (Soviet Union [Russia])
(drawn animation)



December
One Droopy Knight (ss), Michael Lah /MGM.
(drawn animation)

The Ruff and Reddy Show (tv)/(tvss), Hanna-Barbera.
(drawn animation)
(1957-1964)





United States The Americas (excluding U.S.) Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
Japan
 
Australasia (excluding Japan)
no date
Colonel Bleep (tv)/(tvss), Soundac.
(drawn animation)

Crusader Rabbit (tv)/(tvss), Creston.
(drawn animation)

Number 12 ("Heaven and Earth Magic Feature") (f), Harry Smith.
(direct on film animation)
This film was reedited by Smith several times during the succeeding years with the final version premiering in 1962.

The Woody Woodpecker Show (tv), Walter Lantz /Lantz.
various theatrical cartoons from the Walter Lantz studio, it included appearances by Lantz

MGM closes its animation studio.

Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera open the Hanna-Barbera studio to produce cartoons for television.

At about this time Disney closed its television commercial unit.


no date
Byl sobie raz ("Once Upon a Time") (ss), Walerian Borowczyk and Jan Lenica /Studio Miniatur Filmowych. (Poland)
(drawn animation)

Carosello (tv). (Italy)
(The program contained various types of animation that helped many Italian animators.)

Ispolnenie zhelanii [Исполнение Желаний] ("Wishes Come True") (sf), Valentina Brumberg and Zinaida Brumberg /Soyuzmultifilm. (Soviet Union [Russia])
(drawn animation)

Molla Nasereddin (ss), Esfandiar Ahmadieh. (Iran)
(drawn animation)
first animation from Iran

Michael Schaack (director, producer) born in Hamburg. (Federal Republic of Germany [Germany])

The Association Internationale du Film d'Animation (ASIFA) founded in France.

Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin found Smallfilms Productions to make television series. (Great Britain)

TV Cartoon studio founded in London by George Dunning and John Coates. (Great Britain)

no date
Fukusuke (ss), Ryuichi Yokoyama /Otogi.
(drawn animation)

no date
Hanuman pachoenpai krangmai ("The Adventure of Hanuman") (ss), Payut Ngaokrachang. (Thailand)
(drawn animation)

Jiao Ao De Jiang Jun [骄傲的将军] ("The Braggert General") (ss), Te Wei /Shanghai Animation. (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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