Chronology of Animation 1959
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United States The Americas (excluding U.S.) Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
Japan
 
Australasia (excluding Japan)
January
Bozo the Clown (tv)/(tvss), Larry Harmon Productions.
(drawn animation)
(1959-1962)

Sleeping Beauty (f), Clyde Geronimi and others /Disney.
(drawn animation)


Sleeping Beauty image
Sleeping Beauty
Clancy Brown (January 5, 1959- ) (voice actor) born in Urbana, Ohio.








February
Hyoutan Suzume [ひょうたんすずめ] ("The Sparrow in the Empty Pumpkin") (sf), Ryuichi Yokoyama /Otogi.
(drawn animation)


March
Clutch Cargo (tv)/(tvss), Cambria.
(drawn animation and live action lips)



March
Mayori Sekijima (Sekijima Mayori, 関島眞頼) (March 8, 1959- ) (writer) born in Yokohama, Kanagawa.



April
Cartoon Storybook (tv), Canadian Broadcast Corporation. (Canada)
anthology program of European cartoons


April
Daisuke Nishio (Nishio Daisuke 西尾大介) (April 1, 1959- ) (director, animator) born in Hiroshima.

Yota Tsuruoka (Tsuruoka Yota, 鶴岡 陽太) (April 28, 1959- ) (sound/audio director, sound effects) born.


June
Donald in Mathmagic Land (ss), Hamilton Luske /Disney.
(drawn animation)


June
Hugh Laurie (James Hugh Calum Laurie) (June 11, 1959- ) (voice actor) born in Oxford, Oxfordshire. (Great Britain)



United States The Americas (excluding U.S.) Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
Japan
 
Australasia (excluding Japan)
July
Mexicali Shmoes (ss), Friz Freleng /Warner Bros.
(drawn animation)

The Minute and a Half Man (ss), Dave Tendlar /Terrytoons.
(drawn animation)
first Hector Heathcote series (1959-1971)








August
Chika Sakamoto (Sakamoto Chika 坂本千夏) (August 17, 1959- ) (voice actress) born in Tokyo.


September
Funday Funnies (tv), Famous.
various theatrical shorts

Hashimoto-San (ss), Bob Kuwahara /Terrytoons.
(drawn animation)
first Hashimoto series (1959-1963)

Quick Draw McGraw (tv), Hanna-Barbera.
(drawn animation)
contains: Quick Draw McGraw (tvss), Snoopy and Blabber (tvss), and Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy (tvss).

Rocky and His Friends (tv), Jay Ward (Gamma Studios (Mexico)).
(drawn animation)
contains: Rocky and Bullwinkle (tvss), Fractured Fairytales (tvss), Aesop and Son (tvss), The Improbable History of Mr. Peabody (tvss), Dudley Do-Right (tvss), Mr. Know It All (tvss), and Bullwinkle's Corner (tvss).
(1959-196?)

Space Mouse (ss), Alex Lovy /Lantz.
(drawn animation)
first Hickory, Dickory, and Doc series (1959-1962)


September
Sen noci svatojanske ("A Midsummer Night's Dream") (f), Jiri Trnka /Studio Loutkového Filmu. (Czeckoslovakia [Czech Republic])
(model animation)



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



October
Mitsuru Hongo (Hongo Mitsuru 本郷みつる) (October 12, 1959- ) (director, writer, animation supervisor) born in Niigata.


November
Noah's Ark (ss), Bill Justice /Disney.
(drawn animation)

Wolf Hounded (ss), William Hanna and Joseph Barbera /Hanna-Barbera.
(drawn animation)
first Loopy the Loop series (1959-1965)

November
Cartoon Party (tv), Canadian Broadcast Corporation. (Canada)
anthology program of theatrical cartoons
(1959-1962)

Manuel García Ferré founds Producciones García Ferré. (Argentina)

November
Unser Sandmännchen ("Our Sandman") (tv), Gerhard Behrendt /Dresden Trickfilmstudio. (People's Republic of Germany [Germany])
(model animation)
first Unser Sandmännchen series

November
Akio ôtsuka (ôtsuka Akio) (voice actor) born in Tokyo.


December
1001 Arabian Nights (f), Jack Kinney /UPA.
(drawn animation)



December
Shonen Sarutobi Sasuke [少年猿飛佐助] ("The Young Sarutobi, Sasuke"; "The Magic Boy") (f), Akira Daikubara /Toei.
(drawn animation)

Koji Morimoto (Morimoto Koji 森本晃司) (December 26, 1959- ) (animator, director, character designer, producer) born in Wakayama, Osaka.

Ritsuko Okazaki (Okazaki Ritsuko 岡崎律子) (December 29, 1959-May 5, 2004) (singer, composer) born in Nagasaki.


United States The Americas (excluding U.S.) Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
Japan
 
Australasia (excluding Japan)
no date
American Dairy Association: Remember Alamode (adv), Sam Nicholson /TV Spots.
(drawn animation)

Moonbird (ss), John Hubley /Hubley.
(drawn animation)
Academy Award: Best Short Subjects, Cartoons

The Violinist (ss), Jimmy T. Murakami /Pintoff Productions.
(drawn animation)

Format Productions founded by Herbert Klynn and Buddy Getzler.

Total Televison founded by Joe Harris and Treadwell Covington.

Stephen Bosustow sells UPA to Henry G. Sapersteen. UPA stops making theatrical shorts and concentrates mainly on television series.


no date
The Do-It-Yourself Cartoon Kit (ss), Bob Godfrey. (Great Britain)
(drawn animation)

Habatales (tv), Halas & Batchelor. Great Britain).
(drawn animation)

Ivor the Engine (tvss), Smallfilms. (Great Britain)
(cut-out animation)

Krava na Mjesecu ("Cow on the Moon") (ss), Dusan Vukotic /Zagreb Films. (Yugoslavia [Croatia])
(drawn animation)

Lev a Pisnicka ("The Lion and the Song") (ss), Bretislav Pojar. (Czechoslovakia)
(model animation)
Annency Festival Grand Prize winner


Lev a Pisnicka image
Lev a Pisnicka
O misto na slunci ("A Place in the Sun") (ss), Frantisek Vystrecil /Studio Bratri v triku. (Czechoslovakia [Czech Republic])
(drawn animation)

Priklutschenija Buratino [Приключения Буратино] ("The Adventures of Buratino") (f), Ivan Ivanov-Vano and Dimitri Babichenko /Soyuzmultifilm. (Soviet Union [Russia])
(drawn animation)

Satellite (ss), Esfandiar Ahmadieh. (Iran)
(drawn animation)

Turniej ("Tournament") (ss), Wladyslaw Nehrebecki /Filmow Rysunkowych. (Poland)
(drawn animation)


no date
"The Chuang Tapestry" (sf), Qian Jajun /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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