“The 1st cartoon was “Steamboat Willy”, a Mickey Mouse cartoon by Walt Disney, in black and white. It was made in 1928.”
I’ve heard that line so many times when technically that’s not true. Cartoon is derived from the heavy pasteboard used in the production of frescoes. (But in English) in that sense, the Middle Ages was the first. They were described as preparatory drawings for a piece of art, such as a painting, tapestry, or stained glass window. In the 19th century, it came to refer to humorous illustrations in magazines and newspapers, and in the early 20th century and onward it referred to comic strips and animated films.
The timeline goes something like this:
The first comic on paper was made in 1842 and was called the Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck; created by German man named Rondolphe Toepffer, considered the grandfather of modern animation. The first comic book was 1922 Famous Funnies (incidentally, Superman was released as Action Comics in 1938). First modern animation (with no sound) was The adventures of Prince Achmed by German animator Lotte Reininger, it was based on the Arabian Nights stories.
The first animation credited with having a sound track: 1924 Koko Song Car-Tunes by the Fleisher bros.
THEN came 1928, Steamboat Willy with Mickey Mouse. Your Thoughts?