Think about the original Mickey Mouse cartoons, such as "Steamboat Willie," then compare that to the latest Pixar movie, "Inside Out." That got me thinking about how far animation has come in just a few short decades. If you're curious about the history of animation, check out this awesome site that is named just that.
The History of Animation site takes you through hundreds of year's worth of history surrounding animation and film, beginning as early as 3000 BC with ancient artifacts showing motion, and the Vitruvian Man from 1500 AD.
The site then explores early photography techniques for showing motion, each slide more fascinating then the next.
But after that is where the real fun gets started. Explore the world's first cartoons, like Gertie the Dinosaur and Felix the Cat. Next, enter the Disney world, checking out the early days of Walk Disney and Mickey Mouse with "Steamboat Willie."
With this site, you'll also learn fun facts about your favorite characters including Bugs Bunny, The Flintstones, Snow White, Yogi Bear, the entire Toy Story gang, and many more.