The pioneering years of Australian animation (1900–1930): from animated sketches to animation empire

Torre, Dan and Torre, Lienors 2015, The pioneering years of Australian animation (1900–1930): from animated sketches to animation empire, Senses of cinema, no. 77, pp. 1-1.

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Title The pioneering years of Australian animation (1900–1930): from animated sketches to animation empire
Author(s) Torre, Dan
Torre, Lienors
Journal name Senses of cinema
Issue number 77
Start page 1
End page 1
Total pages 1
Publisher Senses of Cinema
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2015-12
ISSN 1443-4059
Keyword(s) Australian animation
Harry Julius
Cartoon Filmads
Animated advertisements
Summary This article describes the very earliest beginnings of Australian animation, detailing the events, processes, and the people who pioneered this medium from approximately 1900 to 1930. It examines these early achievements, which range from the first ‘animated lightning sketches’ to the rise and subsequent demise of a major animation studio. Much of this article focuses on the innovative work of Harry Julius (1885–1938) who is generally regarded as the chief pioneer of animation in Australia. However, as this article reveals, there were others who experimented with animation before Julius, and there were a number of artists and animators who worked alongside him in those early decades. Together, Julius and team built the very successful Sydney-based studio, Cartoon Filmads, which developed into what could only be described as an ‘animation empire’ with a robust national and international reach. This article details some of the authors’ extensive research surrounding these previously overlooked cinematic efforts, and carefully analyses these in terms of content, production, audience reception and international context.
Language eng
Field of Research 200212 Screen and Media Culture
Socio Economic Objective 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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