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Elemental Magic by Joseph Gilland

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Chapter 1 A Brief History of ClassicalAnimated Special Effects

 

Although this is not intended to be a history book at all, I thought it would make sense to run through a very brief history of how hand-drawn special effects animation evolved to become a well-developed art form all its own. It has been, through the decades ill defined at best, but nevertheless, special effects animation can stand on its own as an important, exciting, and vital facet of the art of animation. I'd like to take it from cave paintings to computers, and see where we end up!

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While the history of animation as a whole took place not only in North America, but in Europe, ...

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