Skip to main content

The History of Silent and Early Sound New York Animation

The History of Silent and Early Sound New York Animation
History of New York Animation Calendar

The Academy Theater
111 East 59th Street
New York, NY 10022

Join the Academy as film archivist, collector, and historian Tommy Stathes provides a comprehensive look at the early cartoons created in New York City between 1900 and the late 1920s. A mix of classics and rarely seen gems, this program highlights the hand-drawn animation being made in New York from the turn of the century through the sound era. The first portion of the program will have live jazz accompaniment, and the show will culminate with screenings of the first sound-on-film cartoon to be produced in New York, Paul Terry's Dinner Time (1928), and finally, Walt Disney's Steamboat Willie (1928), the Hollywood production commonly considered to be the first fully synchronized sound cartoon.

For the exception of Steamboat Willie, all of the films courtesy the Stathes collection.

The evening’s other special guest will be author, illustrator, animator and director  J.J. Sedelmaier.

Reel 1: Beginnings and Primitives

The Enchanted Drawing (Blackton, 1900, 16mm)                            

Humorous Phases of Funny Faces (Blackton, 1906, 16mm)  

The Haunted Hotel (Blackton, 1907, 16mm)                            

How a Mosquito Operates (McCay, 1912, 16mm)                  

The Artist's Dream (Bray, 1913, 16mm)                                  

Col. Heeza Liar Wins the Pennant (Bray, 1916, 16mm)          

Total: Approx. 30 minutes

Reel 2: "Cartoons" Begin

Cartoons on Tour (Barré, 1915, 16mm)                      

Bobby Bumps and the Detective Story (Bray, 1916, 16mm)  

The Dummy (Bray, 1920, 16mm)

Dog Gone (1926, 16mm)              

Total: Approx. 30 minutes

Reel 3: Famous Funnies

Cartoon Factory (Fleischer, 1924, 16mm)      

Cinderella (Lantz, 1925, 16mm)  

Felix in Astronomeows (Sullivan, 1928, 16mm)

How Animated Cartoons Are Made (Bray Studios, directed by Wallace Carlson, 1919)     

Dinner Time (Terry, 1928, 16mm)                              

Steamboat Willie (Disney, 1928, 35mm)