Interesting bit o' business to start the week folks. Slashfilm (via the Disney Blog) has declared today the 100th anniversary of the animated film. Émile Cohl's film 'Fantasmagorie' was released on this day in 1908, comprised of some 700 individual drawings, it's considered by some to be the first animated film. See it in it's entirety below.
But wait! I have to call shenanigans...J. Stuart Blackton developed an animated film 2 years before! It's actually said that Cohl was inspired by Blackton to create his own animated film. While 'Humorous Phases of Funny Faces' isn't as lushly animated as Cohl's film, it certainly qualifies as animation...the drawings come to life on screen. See for yourself!
So, who's the father of film animation, Msr. Cohl or Mr. Blackton? In the end, who gives a damn? Pioneers like these got the ball rolling, inspiring legions of artists to try their hand at the art, eventually leading to something sublime...like, oh, say, this.
So hoist a glass to them whats paved the way. Cheers, cheers, a thousand times cheers, gentlemen!