Category Archives: Cartoons

November 22

The Forgotten Caricatures of Miguel Covarrubias

On the 22nd of November 1904, artist, art historian and anthropologist J. M. Covarrubias Duclaud (d. 1957) was born in Mexico City. Being offered a special government grant from his country at the age of 19, Covarrubias  was able to move to New York in 1924 where his talent was quickly discovered by his compatriot […]

August 17

The World’s First Cartoon: Fantasmagorie

On the 17th of August 1908, Fantasmagorie, the first fully animated feature film was released in Paris by the Gaumont company. Created by Emile Cohl, Fantasmagorie is considered one of the masterpieces of animated cinema and of early cinema as a whole. Done in a white-on-black style, reminiscent of a film negative, the film broke […]

August 16

Ub Iwerks: The Real Grandfather of Animated Cartoons

On the 16th of August 1930, Fiddlesticks, the first ever animated sound cartoon photographed in two-strip Technicolour, was distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in America. The 6:12 minute clip was the first part of the Flip the Frog series directed and drawn by Ub Iwerks, produced by Celebrity Pictures, with music by Carl Stalling. This ground-breaking cartoon […]

July 30

Colour and Meaning in Disney’s Flowers and Trees

On the 30th of July 1932, Flowers and Trees, a Silly Symphonies cartoon produced by Walt Disney and directed by Burt Gillett, was released to American theatres by United Artists agency. It was the first commercially released movie to be produced in the full-colour three-strip Technicolor process after several years of two-colour Technicolor films. Flowers […]

June 09

Donald Duck and Wartime Propaganda

On the 9th of June 1934, Donald Duck debuted in Disney’s The Wise Little Hen, which was part of the Silly Symphonies series of theatrical cartoon shorts. The anthropomorphic white duck with a yellow-orange bill, legs, and feet, dressed in a blue sailor suit with a cap and a black or red bow tie, is […]

May 09

Political Criticism in Harold Gray’s ‘Little Orphan Annie’

On the 9th of May 1968, American cartoonist Harold Gray died in La Jolla, California. His death marked the end of a very prolific career, but the fame of his newspaper comic strip, Little Orphan Annie, outlived him for a very long time. The story of an innocent vagabond girl wandering through a world of […]

February 10

Roy Lichtenstein: When Mickey Went Pop

On the 10th of February 1962, American Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein showed his first solo exhibition at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York, selling out before the opening. From an artist struggling with aesthetic and financial difficulties Lichtenstein was turned into an instant success, hunted by collectors and featured in the major media. Some […]