Animation History Event on Zot!
Get ready to take your animated fandom to a whole new level!
As an expression of our love and enthusiasm towards the animated world Planet Zot will be dedicating the entire month of September to those revolutionary early animations from the beginning of the 20th century. That's 30 days of animated goodness!
Any animation cherished and loved today owe at least partly its existence to those incredible pioneers from more than a century ago who helped not only developing the gags that we all take for granted and the animation techniques that are still to some extent used today, but who also contributed to the founding and defining of the animation industry. There was a time when animation was only aired in theatres and was regarded purely as light entertainment showed before the live-action movies. It took years of trial and error before progress made it possible to add sound and even colors to animated cartoons, and these efforts gave birth to some of the most legendary and iconic toons of all time.
During this festival Planet Zot will take you back to that time period and show some love to those forgotten animation classics. We will start with the very first known experiments with animation from 1906 and go chronologically through some of the most famous animated cartoons of the time. We will meet again with the first famous animated stars like Felix the Cat, Betty Boop, Popeye the Sailor Man and of course the iconic Mickey Mouse, along with other forgotten toons from the past. Our journey is set to halt around the year 1935, where black-and-white cartoons began to loose screen time for colored ones and animation itself was slowly gaining accepted as a serious art form by itself, much due the 1937 release of the world's first cel-based full-length animation, Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Also around 1935 the first large theatre fan clubs for cartoon characters were starting to gain attention, and the concept of cartoon merchandizing was blooming. In other words, after 1935 the animation industry began to look a little bit more like the industry of today, even if lots of ground-breaking work still remained to be done.
More than three dozen (mostly) monochromatic cartoon sections are scheduled to be added during the month of September, in addition to other news, updates and activities which will also take place here on Zot during this event.
All Zotters and visitors are encouraged to view, debate, discuss and comment these animations as they are added to the site, not to mention to tell your friends about this event. The more people the more fun!
In other words, there will be plenty to look forward to for everyone, so be sure to bookmark planetzot.com if you haven't done so already and get ready to enjoy some animation classics!
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