Origins of American Animation, 1900-1921
View some of the earliest animated work, including clay, puppet, and cut-out animation, as well as pen drawings. 21 films and two fragments. From the Library of Congress.
Find much more animation on the Library of Congress site:
Search the motion picture archives, using the word “animation.”
The Internet Archive has an animation collection which, as of today, holds 947 titles. Watch them online. Also has a large collection of other great films of all sorts. “The Internet Archive is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public.”
The Chronolgy of Animation tracks the history of animation, year by year, around the world. No video links, and no in-depth information, but pretty impressive work nonetheless.
ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive Project “The International Animated Film Society: ASIFA-Hollywood has embarked on an ambitious project to create an animation archive, museum, and library for the benefit of the animation community, students and general public. The first phase of this project involves the creation of an ANIMATION DATABASE which will house images, movie clips and sound files pertaining to the art of animation.”
Here’s an odd one. Rediscovering Biology – Image and Animation Archives is an inspirational collection of biology animations. Strange and fascinating.
Film and Cinema
British Film Institute is a world-renowned archive, cinemas, festivals, films, publications and learning resources are here to inspire you.
Cinefiles Search Cal Berkeley’s database for obscure films documentation.
MediaRights maximizes the impact of social-issue documentaries and shorts. By engaging with the MediaRights community, filmmakers reach audiences, educators and librarians bring films into their classroom, and nonprofits and activists integrate media into their campaigns.
The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) has a wonderful collection of videos viewable on your computer screen. Searchable by title, director and year.
The NW Film Center, is a regional media arts resource and service organization founded to encourage the study, appreciation, and utilization of the moving image arts.
The Wrong Side of the Art is a really cool site that features obscure poster art.