J. Stuart Blackton Overview:

Director, J. Stuart Blackton, was born James Stuart Blackton on Jan 5, 1875 in Sheffield, Yorkshire. Blackton died at the age of 66 on Aug 13, 1941 in unknown, CA .

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, Early Animation Pioneer

By Brandy Dean on Feb 23, 2013 From Pretty Clever Films

James Stuart Blackton, a Brit, is often?credited?as the father of American animation. (Go figure. My people will claim anyone who does something good.) In 1900, Blackton produced The Enchanted Drawing, making it the ?silent film that included?animated?sequences recorded on?standard picture film. Sco... Read full article


Pioneers of Animation:

By Brandie on Sep 3, 2011 From True Classics

For the next few weeks, we’re going to dedicate our semi-weekly “Saturday Morning Cartoons” feature to the men who set the stage for the art of animation in American film-making–the largely forgotten pioneers whose innovative work eventually inspired and facilitated the creat... Read full article


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Died in 1941 in Los Angeles several days after he was hit by a bus while crossing a street. He had long since lost whatever money he made during his salad days in the silent era, and died penniless. A friend from those days, director William P.S. Earle, bought a plot in Forest Lawn Cemetery and had Blackton's ashes interred there.

He was the first actor to portray Frederick Opper's comic strip character, Happy Hooligan.

With Albert E. Smith and William T. Rock, formed the pioneering film production company Vitagraph Company of America.

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