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1. A Russian and French stop-motion animator who used insects and other animals as his protagonists.

2. An American film producer - director - screenwriter - voice actor - animator - entrepreneur - entertainer - international icon - and philanthropist - well-known for his influence in the field of entertainment during the 20th century. Along with his b

3. This is a silent cartoon by J. Stuart Blackton released in 1906. It features a cartoonist drawing faces on a chalkboard - and the faces coming to life. It is generally regarded by film historians as the first animated film.

4. In typography - it refers to the distance between the baselines of successive lines of type.

5. This principle means taking into account forms in three-dimensional space - giving them volume and weight. The animator needs to be a skilled draughtsman and has to understand the basics of three-dimensional shapes - anatomy - weight - balance - ligh

6. The predecessor of the modern day projector. It consisted of a translucent oil painting and a simple lamp. When put together in a darkened room - the image would appear larger on a flat surface. Some slides for the lanterns contained parts that could

7. A book with a series of pictures that vary gradually from one page to the next - so that when the pages are turned rapidly - the pictures appear to animate by simulating motion or some other change.

8. Renderings of a character standing in multiple positions including facing front - 3/4 front - profile - 3/4 rear - and rear.

9. A 1928 American animated short film produced in black-and-white by The Walt Disney Studio. The cartoon is considered the debut of Mickey Mouse. The film is also notable for being one of the first cartoons with synchronized sound.

10. An early motion picture device that provided viewing to one person at a time. Worked on the same principle as the flip book. Quickly dominated the coin-in-the-slot "peep-show" business.

11. Voices - music - and key sound effects that are recorded before the animation is produced.

12. The earliest elementary form of this device was created in China around 180 AD. The modern device was produced in 1834. The device is essentially a cylinder with vertical slits around the sides. Around the inside edge of the cylinder there are a seri

13. A silent film made in 1900. It was directed by J. Stuart Blackton.

14. Adds more frames near the beginning and near the end of a movement - and fewer in the middle - to make the animation appear more realistic. This principle applies to both characters moving between two extreme poses and inanimate - moving objects.

15. An early motion picture exhibition device. Though not a movie projectorit was designed for films to be viewed individually through the window of a cabinet housing its componentsit introduced the basic approach that would become the standard for all

16. A French illusionist and filmmaker famous for leading many technical and narrative developments in the earliest days of cinema. He was a prolific innovator in the use of special effects - accidentally discovered the substitution stop trick in 1896 -

17. The tendency for parts of the body to move at different rates (an arm will move on different timing of the head and so on).

18. An 1908 French animated film by Amile Cohl. It is one of the earliest examples of traditional (hand-drawn) animation - and considered by film historians to be the first animated cartoon.

19. 1.) The velocity of a body remains constant unless the body is acted upon by an external force. 2.) The acceleration (a) of a body is parallel and directly proportional to the net force (F) and inversely proportional to the mass (m) - F = ma 3.) The

20. A moving picture show presented by Charles-mile Reynaud in 1892. It was the first presentation of projected moving images to an audience.

21. Helps render movement more realistic and gives the impression that characters follow the laws of physics. Exaggerated used of the technique can produce a comical effect - while more realistic animation must time the actions exactly to produce a convi

22. In typography - it is the process of uniformly increasing or decreasing the space between all letters in a block of text.

23. The phenomenon of the eye by which an afterimage is thought to persist for approximately one twenty-fifth of a second on the retina.

24. Used to prepare the audience for an action and to make the action appear more realistic. For example a dancer jumping off the floor has to bend his knees first; a golfer making a swing has to swing the club back first. For special effect - can be omi

25. A special motion picture camera used in the traditional animation process that moves a number of pieces of artwork past the camera at various speeds and at various distances from one another.

26. One of the first filmmakers to use the techniques of stop-motion and drawn animation.

27. The classical definition - employed by Disney - was to remain true to reality - just presenting it in a wilder - more extreme form. Other forms of of this technique can involve the supernatural or surreal - alterations in the physical features of a c

28. The most important principle is this - the purpose of which is to give a sense of weight and flexibility to drawn objects. It can be applied to simple objects - like a bouncing ball - or more complex constructions - like the musculature of a human fa

29. A French caricaturist who made "Fantasmagorie" which is considered to be the first fully animated film ever made. It was made up of 700 drawings - each of which was double-exposed - leading to a running time of almost two minutes.

30. Adding these to the main action gives a scene more life - and can help to support the main action. A person walking can simultaneously swing his arms or keep them in his pockets - he can speak or whistle - or he can express emotions through facial ex

31. The rapid display of a sequence of images of 2-D or 3-D artwork or model positions in order to create an illusion of movement.

32. An Australian cartoonist - pioneer animator and film producer - best known for producing the first Felix the Cat silent cartoons.

33. This is an acclaimed book - 1981 - by Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas. It is widely considered to be one of the best books ever published on the topic of character animation.

34. The speed of an action gives meaning to movement - both physical and emotional meaning. The animator must spend the appropriate amount of time on the anticipation of an action - on the action - and on the reaction to the action. If too much time is s

35. In this type of animation - the animator plans his action - figuring out just what drawings will be needed to animate the scene. This is used for animation that requires good acting - where poses and timing are important.

36. An English photographer who spent much of his life in the United States. He is known for his pioneering work on animal locomotion which used multiple cameras to capture motion - and his zoopraxiscope - a device for projecting motion pictures that pre

37. A sound-track or music that has not been carefully timed to fit the picture. Music and animation are both "time arts" and will thus eventually synchronize at random points.

38. Considered the most important principle. Gives a sense of weight and flexibility to drawn objects - In realistic animation - the most important aspect of this principle is the fact that an object's volume does not change when the effect is applied. I

39. Used to prepare the audience for an action - and to make the action appear more realistic. A dancer jumping off the floor has to bend his knees first; a golfer making a swing has to swing the club back first. The technique can also be used for less p

40. An animation technique to make a physically manipulated object appear to move on its own. The object is moved in small increments between individually photographed frames - creating the illusion of movement when the series of frames is played as a co

41. This principle's purpose is to direct the audience's attention - and make it clear what is of greatest importance in a scene; what is happening - and what is about to happen. Johnston and Thomas defined it as "the presentation of any idea so that it

42. Separate parts of a body will continue moving after the character has stopped.

43. A spinning disc attached vertically on a handle. Around the center of the disc a series of pictures was drawn corresponding to frames of the animation; around its circumference was a series of radial slits. The user would spin the disc and look throu

44. Two different approaches to the actual drawing process. One draws out a scene frame by frame from beginning to end. One involves starting with drawing a few key frames and then filling in the intervals later. One is best for creating a more fluid - d

45. Most natural action tends to follow an arched trajectory - and animation should adhere to this principle by following implied "arcs" for greater realism. This can apply to a limb moving by rotating a joint - or a thrown object moving along a paraboli

46. An animation technique in which key poses are created to establish timing and placement of characters and props in a given scene or shot.

47. A 1937 American animated film produced by Walt Disney. Based on the German fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm - it is the first full-length cel-animated feature in motion picture history - the first animated feature film produced in America - the first

48. In a cartoon character this corresponds to what would be called charisma in an actor. A character who has this characteristic is not necessarily sympathetic villains or monsters can also be appealing the important thing is that the viewer feels t

49. Directs the audience's attention and makes it clear what is of greatest importance in a scene. Presents the idea in a complete and unmistakable method. Keeps the focus on what is relevant and avoids unnecessary detail.

50. A simple toy used in the Victorian era. It is a small circular disk or card with two different pictures on each side that was attached to a piece of string or a pair of strings running through the centre. When the string is twirled quickly between th