Animation and cartoon are commonly connected with rich colors and drawings. But did you know that years before colored animation, cartoons were mostly done in black and white?

During the early days, most animations were created using black and white. But it was only after the emergence of colored technology when the classic black and white technique took the backseat.

black and white animation

black and white animation

 

To learn more about this, here are some interesting facts and info about black and white animation:

  • Classic or traditional cartoons were usually rendered suing black and white. This is because producing a color film processes were still expensive and very difficult to create.
  • The switch from black and white to colored was very gradual. In fact, it spanned from 1930s to 1960s before animation adapted the colored technology.
  • Although cartoons are now mostly done in colored, there are still some artists who create black and white animation mainly for artistic purposes.
  • Popular black and white animations were Felix the Cat, Koko the Clown, Betty Boop, Mickey Mouse, Gertie the Dinosaur, and Humorous Phases of Funny Faces.
  • Some artists are now trying to revive the art of making black and white animations by producing short animation clips.
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