[WORLDKINGS] On this day – April 06, 2023 – The 117th Anniversary of "Humorous Phases of Funny Faces" - The world's first animated film was released (1906)

06-04-2023

(Worldkings.org) “Humorous Phases of Funny Faces” is a 1906 short silent animated cartoon directed by James Stuart Blackton and generally regarded by film historians as the first animated film recorded on standard picture film.

On April 6, 1906, the first ever animated film recorded on standard picture film was released, named Humorous Phases of Funny Faces. Running at 3 minutes long, the silent short was created by British-American film pioneer J. Stuart Blackton.

 

Humorous Phases of Funny Faces is generally regarded as the first animated film, or the first animated film recorded on standard picture film. It used cut-out animation and stop-motion photography. The film moves at 20 frames per second.

In the cartoon, animated hand-drawn scenes appear on a chalkboard, including a clown playing with a hat and a dog jumping through a hoop. In the beginning, though, the cartoonist's hands are included, too, as he draws the first several lines on the chalkboard in standard live action. From there, the stop-motion technique is used to show what appears to be drawings completing—and then moving—by themselves with no artist on screen.

 

The film's creator, James Stuart Blackton (January 5, 1875 – August 13, 1941), was a British-American film producer and director of the silent era. One of the pioneers of motion pictures, he founded Vitagraph Studios in 1897. He was one of the first filmmakers to use the techniques of stop-motion and drawn animation, is considered a father of American animation, and was the first to bring many classic plays and books to the screen. Blackton was also the commodore of the Motorboat Club of America and the Atlantic Yacht Club.

 

According to Wikipedia – onthisday.com


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