CINEMATIC ANIMATION The recording of individually created phases of imagined action in such a way as to achieve the illusion of motion when shown at a constant, predetermined rate, exceeding that of human persistence of vision."
PAUL . H . TERRY
Born February 19, 1887 in San Mateo, California, USA
Died October 25, 1971 in New York, New York)
He was an American cartoonist, screenwriter, film director and one of the most prolific film producers in history.
He produced over 1,300 cartoons between 1915 and 1955 including the many Terrytoons cartoons.
Paul Terry was raised in San Francisco and in 1904, he began working as a news photographer and a cartoonist for the newspapers, San Francisco Bulletin. He later transferred to the New York Press ,
In 1914, Terry became interested in animation after seeing Windsor McCay's Gertie the Dinosaur
While still working for the newspaper, he made his first film, "Little Herman“(1915)
Later that year, he completed his second film "Down on the Phoney Farm".
In 1917, Terry formed his own production company, "Paul Terry Productions" and produced nine more animated films, including one Farmer Al Falfa film.
In 1920, Terry entered into a partnership with Amadee J. Van Beuren, and started the "Fables Studios". During this time, he began producing a series of Aesop's Film Fables as well as new Farmer Al Falfa films. Aesop’s Fables Closing Title! Farmer Al Falfa in "Amateur Night on the Ark" ( 1923 )
The Goose That Laid The Golden Eggs Greed destroys the source of good. Tortoise and the Hare Many stories included in Aesop's Fables, such as The Fox and the Grapes (from which the idiom "sour grapes" was derived), The Tortoise and the Hare , The North Wind and the Sun and The Boy Who Cried Wolf , are well-known throughout the world.
Terry and Van Beuren disagreed over the switch to producing films with sound. Terry and much of his staff started up the Terrytoons studio.(1929)
He was one of the first to make use of "cel animation" including animation of separate body parts.
His studio was slow to switch to synchronized sound tracks and to color.
Paul Terry retired after selling his animation studio and film library to CBS in 1955. CBS made the Terrytoons library of films a mainstay in it's Saturday morning programming and continued operating the studio making both new theatrical films and series for television until the late 1960's.