Fascinating Facts about Animation History

Animation Facts You Definitely Didn’t Know

Animation captures the hearts of children and brings out the big kid in all adults. It provides a physical manifestation of the mind, a place where we’re able to escape our human lives and enter worlds where boundaries are limitless. Check out our animation facts below;

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  • Walt Disney had only two animators working for him when he created Steamboat Willie in 1928.
  • Snow White, which premiered in 1937, was the first American animated feature film. It cost $1.4 million to produce.
  • During the production of Snow White, the Disney studio increased its animation team from 187 to 600.
  • Three Little Pigs cost $16,000 in 1933. In contrast, Sleeping Beauty, which was made in 1959 and was one of Disney’s most expensive animated features, cost $6 million.
  • Some 350,000 drawings were made for the production of Robyn Hood, with more than 100,000 painted cels and 800 painted backgrounds.

  • Production of Beauty and the Beast took more than 3 years and required the talents of nearly 600 animators, artists, and technicians.
  • Computer-generated imagery enabled the filmmakers of Aladdin to create het magic carpet ride through the Cave of Wonders.
  • Toy Story was the first animated feature ever generated completely on computers.

Did you know that Disney’s Big Hero 6 takes its inspiration from a Marvel comic created back in the 90s called Sunfire & Big Hero 6

  • Trey Parker ad-libs most of Cartman’s lines in South Park.
  • Bubblegum from The Powerpuff Girls was originally called Bud.
  • Until Brave, Ariel was the only Disney princess to have siblings – the rest are all only children.
  • Animators on How To Train Your Dragon had to attend “flight school” during production. It is a legitimate program in which they would study flight physics and movements of different creatures for realism. After graduation, they each even received a diploma.
  • The scene where Princess Fiona burps in Shrek was written after a recording session where Cameron Diaz burped after drinking Coca-Cola.

Every episode of Family Guy includes at least one character saying “what the hell” to another.

  • The two “Betty Rubble” voices in The Flinstones, Bea Benaderet (seasons 1, 2, 3 & 4) and her replacement, Gerry Johnston (seasons 5 & 6) were both born on the 4th of April.
  • The effects department of Shrek actually took mud showers to study how to realistically portray mud in the film.
  • The real name of Snarf from Thundercats was Osbert.
  • In Dexter’s Laboratory the Dexter family’s last name is never revealed.
  • God and Jesus are the only characters in The Simpsons that have five fingers.
  • Sulley from Monsters Inc has more than 2.3 million individual hairs, which are all carefully animated. This explains why a single frame of the big blue fella took an average of 12 hours to produce.

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