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Brief History of Animation

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Phil Henry

on 9 November 2012

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A Very Brief History of Animation What do you think
animation will be like
in 25 Years? Thank you for your attention! The first animated film, was named 'Steamboat Willie' and featured a very young Mickey Mouse in his first feature film.

The film was released in 1928, the film contained no speech, only background music and some whilstling and was produced in black and white.

Walt Disney was paid $500 a week, for his film to be shown. Which was considered a huge amount of money at the time Snow white and the Seven Dwarves was released in 1937 to worldwide acclaim. The film was such a success that the seven dwarves (along with Walt Disney) appeared on the cover of Time Magazine.

The film made over $8 Million during it's original release. This made it the most successful film ever (at the time). The film has since been re-released on a number of occasssions and has raked in a total of $184,925,486 in America alone. This means that it is still one of the top 10 grossing films of all time.

The film included both colour and speech, and was the first animated film to do so. In 1993, the film began the first to be 'Digitally Remastered'. In 1988, animation took another giant leap forward. In Who Framed Roger Rabbit, animation was combined with live actors. The two shared the screen for the first time.

The film was a resounding success and led to many more cartoon cross over films (For example Space Jam and Scooby Doo). The film marked a significant point for animation; as this allowed people within the film industry to expand their thinking and to become even more creative.

The fact that animations could be made to look almost human in their movements alongside actual actors has led to many films. This film laid the foundations for films such as Lord of The Ring (Gollum), Avatar and KingKong (2005) Steamboat Willie Snow White and the Seven Dwarves Who Framed Roger Rabbit In 1995, Pixar released a litlle film named Toy story.
This film was the first to be created using 100% CGI animation (Computer Genertated Imagery) Many have been completed since, but Toy Story was the film that broke the mould. Using the voices of real actors such as Tim Hanks, Tim Allen and Don Rinkles, the animators not only creating realistic animation, but for 90 minutes, immersed the audience in a computer created universe which seemed as real as day to day life.

The film cost a whopping $30 Million to create. (The most expensive animated film at that point in history.) Howver, to this day the film has made a magnificent $361,958,736 world wide, and that number is still rising. The film became a franchise, spawning Toy Story 2 and 3; aswell as a number of aniumated shorts. This film lead the way for films such as Monsters Inc, A Bugs Life, Findin Nemo and Cars. Toy Story + CGI In 2009, animation took on a whole new challenge and passed with flying colours. The film created a fully immerseable 3D universe. The animated characters were played by human actors whom wore specially designed equipment that recognised facial and body movements, This is called Motion Capture.
The animated film cost a total of $450 million to create a promote. When you consider that this is more than Toy Story has made since its release, this figure is staggering. The fact that the film has made this money back and smashed box office records worldwide has shown that it was a success. The film, currently, has made $2,782,275,172 worldwide, and the number is still growing.
The film is seen as the future of cinema, and the closet we have come yet to projecting human imagination onto the big screen Avatar
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