Tuesday, May 19, 2015

First Australian Animation: Cartoons of the Moment (1915)

Here's a animated short, "Cartoons of the Moment," by newspaper cartoonist and caricaturist Harry Julius (1885-1938). It's from the Australasian Gazette newsreel. This clip is silent. 
This collection of eight cartoons stretch between January to June 1915. All items concern the First World War, and as any evidence of exactly when they were screened is hard to come by, we can estimate a date on the basis of the news reports that Harry Julius may have consulted. The cartoons are not in chronological order but rather the in the order in which the NFSA received them.
The "Cartoons of the Moment" cartoons were the first Australian animation.

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