The history of animation is much further than most people realize: historians have claimed that certain cave drawings depict efforts at movement. To put it another way, if someone wants to watch a nostalgic animation, they have a lot of options. There will be more classics when more cartoons are produced. However, watching an older animation isn’t always simple.
What constitutes an old cartoon varies depending on who you ask. Those two phrases conjure up images of nostalgic black-and-white cartoons shown in theaters, with thoughts harkening back to the early days of animation. Others consider cartoons from the 1990s or even recent years to be ancient. There are always a few roadblocks to revisiting old cartoons, regardless of the decade.
Some older cartoons have just vanished due to the passage of time.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, according to most animation lovers, achieved a lot of “firsts” in the field of animation. It was the first full-length animated picture done utilizing cel-animation, as well as the first in color.
When a lot of early animation gets lost to time, there is some controversy about what is the first feature-length animated film. El Apóstol, released in 1917, and Creation, released earlier, are two lost films that are thought to be the first. However, this is only part of the issue: many classic animated films and shorts have simply faded away with the passage of time. Some are even unfinished, and unless they are resurrected, they will be lost forever.
Time is required for animators to master their craft.
Nobody is born an expert in their field. As a result, most animators’ and studios’ early work is unlikely to be as complex as their later work, even if it has its own charms. It takes time to develop tactics and technologies to make animation run more smoothly, as well as to figure out what works and what doesn’t.
This is particularly true with early cartoons, when the medium was still in its infancy. As a result, many early cartoons can be considered more experimental than anything else.
Animators take time to develop their own unique style.
Animators and studios, even with the best equipment, need time to establish their unique sense of style. Before becoming the revered icons that fans know and adore, cartoon characters go through a number of transformations. In some of her early shorts, Betty Boop, for example, was a dog. Betty eventually became a human girl, and her floppy ears became the iconic hoop earrings she is known for.
This may be seen throughout the animation business as a whole. Stop-motion animation was used to create the majority of the first feature-length animated films, either using puppet models or paper cut-outs. The format didn’t dominate feature-length animated films for decades until Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs became the first cel-animated feature film.
Modern viewers don’t always get the experience they expect.
The animation was often constructed in ways that reflected the fact that for some older cartoons, the animation was merely one aspect of the whole production. As a result, it can be difficult to experience them as they were meant. Many silent-era cartoons were created with the purpose of having live music accompanying them. Even a few classic Merrie Melodies include humor meant at theatre audiences that don’t always work when broadcast on television.
It may surprise viewers of Winsor McCay’s Gertie the Dinosaur that the animation was initially part of a vaudeville act. A human actor, McCay himself, imitated skills like persuading Gertie to eat food tossed at her and even riding her off into the distance during the performance. Of course, even McCay foresaw this: a commercialized version with a live-action prologue and intertitles was released.
You Had To Go To The Theater To See Them (And That’s Only The Beginning)
People nowadays have a variety of options for watching their favorite cartoons, including television, computer, phone, and a variety of other devices. Older cartoons, on the other hand, were more difficult to come by. To see a cartoon, most people had to go to the theater. Although many vintage cartoons have been kept for posterity, the technology utilized to play older films can make things more complicated.
For example, toy projectors, which had to be hand-cranked and came with restricted motion-comics designed expressly for the technology, were an early attempt to allow youngsters to enjoy cartoons at home. Similarly, if obscure cartoons released only on video cassettes are not saved in other forms, they may face a similar difficulty in the future.
Cartoons Can Be Ruined (and Restoration Efforts Aren’t Always Successful)
Even for cartoons that are still in existence and can be easily watched, animation might deteriorate over time. Cartoons, for example, may have been created in color but only exist as black-and-white versions. Even if attempts to recover animation have been made, things can get lost in the digital translation. When grain is removed from animation, the linework is also removed. Colors can be adjusted as well. In an attempt to make black-and-white cartoons more appealing, recoloring them can sometimes backfire. They can not only make the animation look weird at times, but they can also make mistakes. Despite the title, the heroine’s cloak was once dyed pale tan in a colorized version of the Betty Boop cartoon “Dizzy Red Riding Hood.”
Cartoons in the public domain are treated with contempt.
Animation in the public domain is a mixed blessing. On the one hand, it may make it easier for animation lovers to locate classic cartoons, particularly if they are distributed online and are not subject to copyright issues. However, because these cartoons are now in the public domain, they may not always be treated with the respect they deserve.
Older cartoons are occasionally used in compilation videos with unrelated shorts, or they are classified as “cheap” stock footage. Because they are so widely available, they rarely earn the acclaim and respect that more current works do. After all, something that is simple to see runs the risk of being taken for granted.
Overnight, cartoons can become out-of-date.
Many earlier animated shows and films have the appearance of being period pieces, even if they aren’t. Even the simplest items might be out of date in a few of years. Even cartoons set in a fairy tale land or in the distant future have been known to make references to the decade in which they were released. Even something as basic as the Simpsons eating a lamb meal can reveal their age.
Because animation takes a long time to create, certain elements may become out of date by the time it is released. However, despite her famous cartoons being released in the 1930s, around the time the trend was coming to an end, modern viewers rarely notice anything unusual about Betty Boop being a flapper.
Older cartoons may not have the same level of popularity as modern cartoons.
It’s no longer just about watching cartoons; it’s also about talking about them, exchanging favorite sequences and images, and making up art and stories with other fans. There are fandoms for certain vintage cartoons. Modern fandom culture, on the other hand, is far more accessible than it was in the past.
As a result, cartoon lovers will likely have a tougher time discussing and sharing their affection for older, obscure cartoons than for a cartoon now showing on television. Similarly, fans enjoy looking for concept art and early production ideas. For earlier productions, this may be more difficult to come by.