Or the Society for Animation Studies - - where animation historians (and theorists, practitioners, archivists . . . ) gather together. I'm sure there would be plenty of answers forthcoming from SAS members. If you join the Society ($30 per year), you should then be sent an invitation to join the SAS discussion group, and you can consult the members-only parts of the website. There is also an 'Experts Directory' page on the site

And you need to be a member of the Society to present papers at the annual conference - the next one is in Melbourne, Australia, 25-27 June 2012

Dr. Paul Ward
School of Media
Arts University College at Bournemouth
BH12 5HH
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You might try contacting the people at Cartoon Brew ( who may be able to put you in touch with animation historians (if there aren't any already on Screen-L).


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>From: Doc Britto <[log in to unmask]>
>Sent: Aug 6, 2011 5:39 PM
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>Subject: [SCREEN-L] historical "firsts" concerning preschool children's cartoons
>I am trying to find some historical "firsts" concerning young/preschool
>children's cartoons (TV and film), both one-time or series, for the US.
>I"m defining preschool rather losely as younger than 7.
>Here is my difficulty so far: books usually employ simply the word
>"children" as in "children's program," children's film, etc., but only
>in recent decades has the division between older kids and preschoolers
>been emphasized. Before the late 60s (in particular with Sesame Street),
>I have not found a specific reference to a preschool cartoon, a
>preschool animation movie for theater release, or a preschool TV cartoon
>series in the US.
>What is considered to be the first preschool children's television
>cartoon series on (American) television?
>I am specifically looking for a series that was conceived for children
>under 7, so not an unspecified children's program that is geared to
>include all children (both preschool and elementary school children).
>The same for an animated movie in theaters-- is there anything in
>American film history that is equivalent to the German "Moonbeam Bear
>and His Friends," for example? This movie is aimed at younger children
>(losely defined).
>I am also interested in finding any hand-drawn cartoons (even if not
>series) or other animation techniques (like marionettes ) before the
>late 1960s that were conceived primarily for a preschool audience, or
>any articles on the subject.
>Thank you for any references or tips.
>V. Britto
>Learn to speak like a film/TV professor! Listen to the ScreenLex

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