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Animation should be an art….what you fellows have done with it is making it into a trade….not an art, but a trade….bad luck .” Thus Winsor McCay, father of the animated cartoon, pronounced the doom of the very industry he had inadvertently helped create.
From 1911-21 McCay nursed animation from a simple camera trick to full blown character animation that would take 20 years to be surpassed. McCay animated his films almost single-handed; from inception to execution each cartoon was his and his alone. He took the time to make his films unique artistic visions, sometimes spending more than a year to make a single five-minute cartoon. But the burgeoning world of cinema could not wait so long for so little, and so the modern animation studio came into being. The art of animation was no longer the work of one man, it was a streamlined, assembly-line process in the best Henry Ford tradition. But was the art of the animated cartoon sacrificed for the trade’s sake? That, of course, depends on the studios themselves.