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Potehinos, performs at a theatre in Athens, Greece.
Principle of persistence of vision proven by astronomer Ptolemy
Edward Muybridge begins studying motion with strategically placed cameras.
Etienne Jules Marey develops an early prototype for a compact movie camera.
Thomas Edison develops the Kinetoscope.
Edison opens the first movie studio in New Jersey.
The Lumiere Brothers create the Cinematograph
Albert E. Smith & J. Stuart Blackton: The Humpty Dumpty Circus.
George Melies: A Trip to the Moon
Emile Cohl makes Bewitched Matches
Blackton makes Humorous Phases of Funny Faces
Starewitch makes Revenge of the Cameraman
Willis O’Brien starts experimenting with animation
O’Brien creates dinosaur animation for Ghost of Slumber Mountain
The Lost World is released, featuring animation effects by Willis O’Brien
Lotte Reiniger (the 1st animated feature) The Adventures of Prince Achmed
Charley Bowers makes Egged On.
Charley Bowers makes his first sound film, It’s a Bird
Starewitch releases The Mascot
RKO releases King Kong
George Pal moves to Hollywood and sets up Puppetoon studio.
Starewitch’s first feature-length puppet film The Tale of the Fox.
Harryhausen works as O’Brien’s protégé on Mighty Joe Young
Harryhausen’s first Dynamation film, Beast from 20,000 Fathoms.
The first American stop-motion feature, Hansel and Gretel, is released.
Art Clokey creates Gumbasia and the Gumby series for television.
Art Clokey’s Davey and Goliath is commissioned by the Lutheran Church.
Bob Godfrey brings out a film Do-It-Yourself Cartoon Kit.
Jason and the Argonauts is released
Rankin/Bass’ Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer debuts on television
Serge Danot releases Magic Roundabout series
Trnka’s last film, The Hand, is released.
Terry Gilliam’s animation for Monty Python’s Flying Circus.
Will Vinton and Bob Gardiner’s Closed Mondays wins win an Academy Award
Peter Lord and David Sproxton found Aardman Animation Studios
Moph is born!
Star Wars is released, featuring stop-motion by Phil Tippett
The Empire Strikes Back is released, featuring first uses of go-motion
Dragonslayer and Harryhausen’s last film, Clash of the Titans, are released
Tim Burton directs his first stop-motion short Vincent at Walt Disney Studios
Clay animation short Sundae in New York by Jimmy Picker wins an Academy Award.
Burton leaves Disney and directs his first feature, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure
Peter Gabriel’s video Sledgehammer is released.
Vinton’s A Claymation Christmas Celebration wins an Emmy.
Nick Park’s A Grand Day Out and Creature Comforts are released
Wolfgang Lauenstein’s film Balance wins an Academy Award
Creature Comforts wins an Academy Award.
Nick Park’s The Wrong Trousers is Released
The Nightmare Before Christmas is Released
Jurassic Park is released.
Wrong Trousers wins an Academy Award.
Nick Park’s A Close Shave is released.
Pixar’s Toy Story is released, ushering in a new medium for feature animation
Close Shave wins an Academy Award.
Henry Selick’s James and the Giant Peach is released.
software such as Stop Motion Pro become available for use on personal computers.
Vinton’s The PJs debuts as the first stop-motion prime-time series.
Anthony Scott creates StopMotionAnimation.com.
Chicken Run is released, the first feature produced by Aardman and Dreamworks.
Henry Selick’s MonkeyBone is released.
Vinton goes on to start his own company Freewill Entertainment
Will Vinton Studios is taken over by Phil Knight & becomes Laika Entertainment
Adam Eliott’s Harvie Krumpet wins an Academy Award.
Corpse Bride is released
Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit is released.
Aardman’s entire studio archive burns down.
Curse of the Were-Rabbit the first stop-motion film to win an Academy Award*
*for Best Animated Feature
Fantastic Mr. Fox is Released.
Coraline is released
Frankenweenie is Released
ParaNorman is Released.
The Pirates! Band of Misfits is Released
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