Cartoon History

Events in Film & TV

  • 1754-05-09 1st newspaper cartoon in America-divided snake "Join or Die"
  • 1852-03-13 Uncle Sam cartoon figure made its debut in the New York Lantern weekly

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1874-11-07 1st cartoon depicting elephant as Republican Party symbol, by Thomas Nast

Political Cartoonist Thomas Nast
Political Cartoonist
Thomas Nast
  • 1875-09-11 1st newspaper cartoon strip
  • 1895-10-02 1st cartoon comic strip is printed in a newspaper
  • 1897-12-12 Rudolph Dirks' 1st Katzenjammer cartoon strip in NY Journal
  • 1906-04-06 1st animated cartoon copyrighted
  • 1908-08-17 Projection in Paris of the very first animated cartoon, Fantasmagorie realized by Émile Cohl
  • 1913-06-12 "Dachshund" by Pathe Freres, early animated cartoon, released
  • 1918-08-15 1st full length cartoon (Sinking of Lusitania)
  • 1919-06-17 "Barney Google" cartoon strip, by Billy De Beck, premieres
  • 1919-08-23 "Gasoline Alley" cartoon strip premieres in Chicago Tribune
  • 1922-05-21 "On the Road to Moscow" is 1st cartoon to receive a Pulitzer Prize
  • 1923-10-16 Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio founded

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1926-02-08 Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio becomes Walt Disney Studios

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
  • 1928-11-18 Walt Disney's "Steamboat Willie" released, first Mickey Mouse sound cartoon
  • 1929-02-05 Jimmy Hatlo's "They'll Do It Every Time" cartoon debuts in San Francisco
  • 1930-08-09 Betty Boop debuts in Max Fleischer's animated cartoon Dizzy Dishes
  • 1930-08-16 The first color sound cartoon, called Fiddlesticks, is made by Ub Iwerks.
  • 1931-06-09 1st showing of a Donald Duck cartoon
  • 1932-01-10 "Pete the Tramp" cartoon strip by C D Russell debuts
  • 1932-11-18 "Flowers & Trees" receives 1st Academy Award for a cartoon
  • 1933-09-29 Little King, Cartoon Character, by Von Beuren, debut
  • 1934-06-09 1st Donald Duck cartoon, Wise Little Hen, released
  • 1936-02-07 Felix the Cat, animated film released by Van Beuren Studios licensed from Otto Messmer
  • 1936-02-17 The world's first superhero, The Phantom, a cartoon strip by Lee Falk, makes his first appearance in comics.
  • 1937-04-17 Debut of cartoon characters Daffy Duck, Elmer J Fudd & Petunia Pig
  • 1937-04-28 1st animated cartoon electric sign displayed (NYC)
  • 1939-06-10 MGM cartoon character Barney Bear debuts

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1940-02-10 "Tom & Jerry" cartoon created by William Hanna & Joseph Barbera debut by MGM

Animator William Hanna
Animator
William Hanna
Animator Joseph Barbera
Animator
Joseph Barbera
  • 1940-06-19 "Brenda Starr", 1st cartoon strip by a woman, appears in Chicago
  • 1940-06-30 "Brenda Starr" cartoon strip, by Dale Messick, 1st appears for the Chicago Tribune Syndicate

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1941-07-19 Tom and Jerry first appear under their own names in cartoon "The Midnight Snack" by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera

Animator Joseph Barbera
Animator
Joseph Barbera
Animator William Hanna
Animator
William Hanna
  • 1945-01-05 Pepe LePew debuts in Warner Bros cartoon "Odor-able Kitty"
  • 1949-05-27 Martin Canine, cartoon character, spoofs Martin Kane
  • 1953-05-28 Premier of 1st animated 3-D cartoon in Technicolor-"Melody"
  • 1960-02-19 Bil Keane's "Family Circus" cartoon strip debuts
  • 1963-09-28 "King Leonardo" cartoon last airs on NBC-TV
  • 1963-09-28 "Tennessee Tuxedo" cartoon debuts on CBS-TV
  • 1964-12-18 "The Pink Panther" cartoon series premieres (Pink Phink)
  • 1965-09-25 Beatle cartoon show begins in US
  • 1980-10-04 ABC premiere of Saturday futuristic fantasy cartoon "Thundarr the Barbarian"
  • 1981-09-12 "The Smurfs" animated cartoon series by Hanna-Barbera first broadcasts in North America
  • 1988-06-25 Roger Rabbit Cartoon Character debuts in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?"
  • 1990-04-21 "Cartoon All Stars to Rescue" shown on all 4 TV networks
  • 1992-09-28 "Dog City" cartoon debuts on Fox-TV
  • 1992-10-01 Cartoon Cable Network premieres

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1994-10-03 Gary Larson, announces he is retiring from doing "Far Side" cartoon

Cartoonist Gary Larson
Cartoonist
Gary Larson
  • 1997-02-09 Fox cartoon series "Simpsons" airs 167th episode the longest-running animated series in cartoon history
  • 1997-09-01 Cartoon Channel premieres in Japan

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1905-08-21 Isadore I Friz Freleng, animator (Warner Bros cartoons), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1911-12-25 Burne Hogarth, strip-cartoon artist
  • 1917-10-26 Felix the Cat, cartoon character
  • 1925-02-17 Fritz Behrendt, German/Dutch cartoon character (The Slogan)

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1926-08-14 René Goscinny, French cartoonist (Asterix), born in Paris, France (d. 1977)

Author and Cartoonist René Goscinny
Author and Cartoonist
René Goscinny
  • 1928-11-18 Mickey Mouse, cartoon strip
  • 1933-12-01 Fujiko F. Fujio, Japanese cartoon artist (d. 1996)
  • 1942-11-21 Tweety Bird, cartoon character
  • 1945-01-06 Pepe Le Pew, cartoon skunk (Au Dorable Kitty)

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1991-12-03 Alex Graham, British cartoonstrip artist (Fred Basset), dies
  • 1995-05-26 Isadore "Friz" Freling, cartoon director (Sylvester), dies at 88
  • 1996-01-28 Burne Hogarth, strip-cartoon artist, dies at 84
  • 1996-11-23 George Nicholas, cartoon animator, dies at 85