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
  • 1906-04-07 The world's 1st animated cartoon "Humorous Phases of Funny Faces" by J. Stuart Blackton is released
  • 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.
  • 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 appearance of Donald Duck in a cartoon, "The Wise Little Hen"
  • 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.
  • 1937-04-28 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
  • 1940-07-27 Bugs Bunny, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Tex Avery, Bob Givens (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Wild Hare"

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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
  • 2018-05-01 Chinese authorities label British cartoon "Peppa Pig" subversive and it is removed from the Douyin video website

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1905-08-21 Isadore I Friz Freleng, animator (Warner Bros cartoons), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1908-05-30 Mel Blanc, American voice actor, comedian best known for his Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons (Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd & Porky Pig), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1989)
  • 1911-12-25 Burne Hogarth, strip-cartoon artist
  • 1919-12-14 Felix the Cat, anthropomorphic cartoon character created in the silent film era by Pat Sullivan and Otto Messmer
  • 1925-02-17 Fritz Behrendt, German/Dutch cartoon character (The Slogan)

Person of interestRené Goscinny

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
  • 1932-04-16 Goopy Geer, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Rudolf Ising(Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Goopy Geer"
  • 1933-12-01 Fujiko F. Fujio, Japanese cartoon artist (d. 1996)
  • 1935-03-02 Porky Pig, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Friz Freleng and Frank Tashlin (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "I Haven't Got a Hat"
  • 1937-04-03 Petunia Pig, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Frank Tashlin (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Porky's Romance"
  • 1937-04-17 Daffy Duck, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Tex Avery and Bob Clampett (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Porky's Duck Hunt"
  • 1937-07-17 Elmer Fudd [originally Egghead], Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Tex Avery and Chuck Jones (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debut as Egghead in "Egghead Rides Again"
  • 1941-03-15 Cecil Turtle, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Tex Avery (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Tortoise Beats Hare"
  • 1941-09-20 Sylvester [J. Pussycat Sr.,], Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Friz Freleng (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Notes to You"
  • 1941-12-27 Charlie Dog, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Chuck Jones and Bob Clampett (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Porky's Pooch"
  • 1942-08-08 Henery Hawk [misspelled as Henry], Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Chuck Jones (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "The Squawkin' Hawk"
  • 1942-08-31 Barnyard Dawg [George P Dog], Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Robert McKimson (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Walky Talky Hawky"
  • 1942-11-21 Tweety [Pie], Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Bob Clampett and Friz Freleng (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "A Tale of Two Kitties"
  • 1944-12-16 Yosemite Sam, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Friz Freleng, (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Stage Door Cartoon"
  • 1945-01-06 Pepé Le Pew, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Chuck Jones and Michael Maltese (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Odor-able Kitty"
  • 1945-10-20 Hector the Bulldog, Warner Bros. cartoon character (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Peck Up Your Troubles"
  • 1948-07-24 Marvin the Martian, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Chuck Jones and Michael Maltese (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Haredevil Hare"
  • 1949-09-17 Wile E. Coyote, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Chuck Jones (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Fast and Furry-ous"
  • 1949-09-17 Road Runner, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Chuck Jones (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Fast and Furry-ous"
  • 1949-11-12 Penelope Pussycat, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Chuck Jones (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "For Scent-imental Reasons"
  • 1950-10-07 Granny [Emma Webster], Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Friz Freleng (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Canary Row"
  • 1951-11-17 Nasty Canasta, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Chuck Jones (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Drip-Along Daffy"
  • 1953-08-29 Speedy Gonzales, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Chuck Jones and Michael Maltese (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Cat-Tails for Two"
  • 1954-06-19 "Taz" Tasmanian Devil, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Robert McKimson and Warren Foster, (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Devil May Hare"
  • 1955-12-31 Michigan J. Frog, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Chuck Jones (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "One Froggy Evening"

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1946-08-31 Foghorn Leghorn, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Robert McKimson and Warren Foster, (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Walky Talky Hawky"
  • 1989-07-10 Mel Blanc, American voice actor, comedian best known for his Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons (Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd & Porky Pig), dies at 81
  • 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