Chronology of Animation 1961
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United States The Americas (excluding U.S.) Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
Japan
 
Australasia (excluding Japan)
January
101 Dalmatians (f), Wolfgang Reitherman, Hamilton Luske, and Clyde Geronimi /Disney.
(drawn animation)





February
Aquamania (ss), Wolfgang Reitherman /Disney.
(drawn animation)

Bruce W. Timm (February 8, 1961- ) (producer, director, writer, character designer, storyboard artist, voice actor) born.







March
Paul Berry (March 13. 1961-June 26, 2001) (animator, director) born. (Great Britain)



April
Alvin's First Flight (ss) Seymour Kneitel /Famous.
(drawn animation)
(first of two Little Lulu cartoons coproduced by Marjorie H. Buell)



April
Chiaka Konaka (Chiaka J. Konaka, Konaka Chiaka) [小中 千昭] (April 4, 1961- ) (writer) born in Tokyo.

April
Gaemiwa Bejjangi ("The Grasshopper and the Ant") (ss), Han Seong-hak, Park Yeong-il and Jeong Do-bin /Geukrim Movie Productions. (South Korea)
(drawn animation)

Peter Chung (Peter Kunshik Chiung) (April 19, 1961- ) (character designer, director, writer, storyboard artist, animator) born in Seoul. (Republic of Korea)

June
Mary Kay Bergman (June 5, 1961-November 11, 1999) (voice actress) born in Los Angeles, California.



June
Kouichi Yamadera (Yamadera Kouichi) [山寺宏一] (voice actor) born in Miyagi.

Osamu Tezuka founds Tezuka Osamu Production to make animated films.


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



July
Anju to Zushio-maru ("Anju and Zushio-maru"; "The Littlest Warrior"; "The Orphan Brother") (f), Taiji Yabushita /Toei.
(drawn animation)

Noriyuki Abe (Abe Noriyuki, 阿部 紀之) (July 19, 1961- ) (director, storyboard artist) born in Kyoto.

Yasuhiro Imagawa (Imagawa Yasuhiro 今川泰宏) (July 24, 1961- ) (director, writer) born in Osaka.

Masaru Kitao (Kitao Masaru, 北尾勝) (July 15, 1961- ) (animator, storyboard, character designer) born in Amagasaki, Hyogo.

Shin Misawa (Misawa Shin, 三沢伸) (July 1, 1961- ) (director, storyboard, cgi director) born in Tokyo.

Noburo Ofuji (Ofuji Noburo 大藤信郎) (June 1, 1900-July 28, 1961) (director, animator, character designer) dies.


August
The Pied Piper of Guadalupe (ss), Friz Freleng and Hawley Pratt /Warner Bros.
(drawn animation)

Lauren Tom (August 4, 1961- ) (voice actor) born in Chicago, Illinois.





September
The Dick Tracy Show (tv)/(tvss), David Detiege /UPA.
(drawn animation)

Top Cat (tv), Hanna-Barbera.
(drawn animation)

The Yogi Bear Show (tv), Joseph Barbera and William Hanna /Hanna-Barbera.
(drawn animation)
contains; Yogi Bear and Boo-Boo (tvss), Snagglepuss (tvss), and Yakky Doodle (tvss).


September
Munro (ss), Gene Deitch /Rembrandt. (Czechoslovakia [Czech Republic])
(drawn animation)
Academy Award: Best Short Subjects, Cartoons
Munro imageMunro

Switchin' Kitten (ss), Gene Deitch /Rembrandt. (Czechoslovakia [Czech Republic])
(drawn animation)
first Gene Deitch Tom and Jerry cartoon for MGM

September
Yumi Takada (Takada Yumi [高田由美]) (September 21, 1961- ) (voice actress, singer) born in Tokyo.


United States The Americas (excluding U.S.) Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
Japan
 
Australasia (excluding Japan)
October
The Alvin Show (tv), Format Films and Bagdasarian Film.
(drawn animation)
contains: Alvin (tvss) and Clyde Crashcup (tvss)

Calvin and the Colonel (tv)/(tvss), Kayro Production.
(drawn animation)
various shorts based on the old Amos and Andy radio show, transformed into animals

Jodi Benson (voice actress, singer) born in Rockford. Illinois.



October
Tadashi Shida (Shida Tadashi, 志田ただし; Tadashi Masahiro

しだ まさひろ) (October 25, 1961- ) (animator, character designer) born in Kanagawa Prefecture.

Michie Tomizawa (Tomizawa Michie) (October 20, 1961- ) (voice actress, singer) born in Nagano.


November
Beep Prepared (ss), Charles M. Jones /Warner Bros.
(drawn animation)


November
Arthur Melbourne-Cooper (director, animator, producer) dies in Barnet, Hertfordshire. (Great Britain)



December
Nelly's Folly (ss), Charles M. Jones /Warner Bros.
(drawn animation)


December
Curt Linda founds Linda-Film Produktion in Munich. (Federal Republic of Germany [Germany])



United States The Americas (excluding U.S.) Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
Japan
 
Australasia (excluding Japan)
no date
Of Stars and Men (sf), John Hubley /John and Faith Hubley Film.
(drawn animation)

Popeye (tvss)/(tv), King Features (Jack Kenney Studios, Paramount Cartoon, Larry Harmon Productions, Rembrandt Studios (Czechoslovakia), Halas and Batchelor (Great Britain)).
(drawn animation)

Tales of the Wizard of Oz (tv), Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass /Videocraft.
(drawn animation)

Bruce W. Smith (Bruce Smith) (director, animator, producer, writer, character designer) born in Los Angeles, California.

MGM hires Gene Deitch (Rembrandt Films) to make cartoons in Czechoslovakia [Czech Republic] for distribution in the United States.

no date
La pared ("The Wall") (ss), Catu. (Argentina)
(drawn animation)

no date
Die Gartenzwerge ("The Garden Dwarves") (ss), Wolfgang Urchs. (Federal Republic of Germany [Germany])
(drawn animation)

Klyuch [Ключ] ("The Key") (sf), Lev Atamanov /Soyuzmultifilm. (Soviet Union [Russia])
(drawn animation)

La lunga calza verde ("The Long Green Stocking") (f), Roberto Gavioli /Gamma. (Italy)
(drawn animation)

Pingwings (tvss), Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin /Smallfilms. (Great Britain)
(model animation)
(1961-1964)

Pirospöttyös labda ("The Ball with White Dots") (ss), Tibor Csermák /Pannoniafilm. (Hungary)
(drawn animation)

Die Seltsame Historia von den Schiltburgern ("The Strange Story of the Inhabitants of Schiltsburg") (f), Johannes Hempel /Defa. (People's Republic of Germany [Germany])
(model animation)

Surogat ("Ersatz") (ss), Dusan Vukotic /Zagreb Film Studio. (Yugoslavia [Croatia])
(drawn animation)
Academy Award: Best Short Subjects, Cartoons

no date
Shaka no Shogai ("The Life of Buddha") (f), Noburo Ofuji /Sanko.
(cutout animation)

First Animation Sannin no Kai ("Animation Group of Three") festival held in Tokyo. This series sponsored independent animation in Japan until 1971.

Surogat imageSurogat
no date
Da'nao tiangong ("Confusion in the Sky"; "Uproar in Heaven") [Part 1] (f), Wan Laiming /Shanghai Animation. (China)
(drawn animation)

"The Spirit of Ginseng" (ss), Wan Guchan /Shanghai Animation. (China)
(cut-out animation)

Xiao Kedou Zhao Mama [小蝌蚪找妈妈] ("The Tadpoles in Search of Their Mama") (ss), Te Wei and 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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