A short history of Animation, before Disney

Well all know Walt Disney as the father of modern animation. His studio is one of the biggest animation film house in the world. But before Disney, there were some greatest talents who created the pillars of animation on which modern animation is standing. Today we are going to discuss on some of these talents. The Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO) announced that it has completed the production of a documentary about the ancient Iranian earthenware bowl bearing the world’s oldest example of animation. Directed by Mohsen Ramezani, the 11-minute film gives viewers an introduction to the bowl, which was discovered in a grave at the 5200-years-old Burnt City by an Italian archaeological team in late 1970s.

The art bears nine images depicting a wild goat jumping up to eat the leaves of a tree, which the members of the team at the time had not recognized as any relationship between the pictures. Several years later, Iranian archaeologist Dr Mansur Sadjadi, who became later appointed as the new director of the archaeological team working at the Burnt city discovered that the pictures formed a related series. Nonetheless, according to English daily Mehr, during a ceremony to promote the production, CHTHO’s cultural authorities claimed the image is a description of ‘Assyrian Tree of Life’ (Assyria was a civilization centered on the Upper Tigris river, in Mesopotamia (Iraq), that came to rule regional empires a number of times in history): “the earthenware bowl, which is wrongly known as ‘The Burnt City’s goat’, depict the myth of ‘The Assyrian Tree of of Life’ and a goat.”

The image is a simple description of a tree and wild-goat also know as ‘Persian desert Ibex’, and science it is an indigenous animal to the region in the iconography of the Burnt City.

The art of work is considered as the oldest animation in the world.

A forerunner of today’s comic strip can be found in an Egyptian wall decoration circa 2000 B.C. In successive panels in depicts the actions of two wrestlers in a variety of holds. In one of Leonardo da Vince's most famous illustrations, he shows how the limbs would look in various positions. Giotto’s angels seem to take flight in their repetitive motions. The Japanese used scrolls to tell continuous stories.

Since the beginnings of time, human beings have tried to capture a sense of motion in their are. From the eight-legged boar in the Altamira caves of Northern Spain to paintings alongside the remains of long-dead pharaohs, this quest for capturing motion has been a common theme throughout many of mankind’s artistic endeavors.

Subhankar Bhattacharjee

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Subhankar Bhattacharjee is the founder of Naturetalkies.com. He passionate about issues that concern the environment, and world news.

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