Black Character Revolution Firsts – A Timeline Of The First Appearances Of Positive Black Animation Characters In Television History
Floyd Norman was employed as an inbetweener ( the process of generating intermediate frames between two images to give the appearance that the first image evolves smoothly into the second image) on Sleeping Beauty at Walt Disney Productions, becoming the first Black artist to remain at the studio on a long-term basis. This is a follow up to his article on his recollections of his pitch to Bill Cosby for his new animated show.
Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution – Exhibition Results From The Schomburg Center For Research In Black Culture
The Museum Of UnCut Funk has an impressive collection of oxymoronic art. Why oxymoronic? Animation is an art form with caricature as its foundation. However, nearly all of the cartoons represented in this collection, which feature African American and African caricatures, attempt to negotiate the entertainment value of the characters’ designs with accuracy in depicting African American performance.
One thing that was really cool about the 70’s was the fact that there were Black cartoons on TV. I love cartoons and every Saturday morning you would find me right in front of the tube watching Fat Albert and The Cosby Kids, The Go Go Globetrotters and my favorite, The Jackson 5ive.
A Christmas Carol and the Nativity story bringing together the most uber-Christmas tale you could ever tell. It has everything: A mean old Scrooge, a Christmas pageant, presents, cute kids, Santa, a puppy, a down and out family in dire need of Christmas cheer and an assortment of Fat Albert style funky Christmas tunes!
Rickety Rocket was a segment in The Plastic Man Comedy Adventure Show, about an artificially intelligent space ship created by a group of four Black kid geniuses who run a detective agency and solve mysteries in the future.
The Hardy Boys cartoon featured the first postive Black character in a Saturday morning cartoon series, who was also the first Black male character and the first positive Black male musician character in a Saturday morning cartoon series – Peter Jones. He was the drummer in the band. He was voiced by Byron Kane.
Captain Caveman’s first and second seasons were originally broadcast as segments on the package shows Scooby’s All-Star Laff-A-Lympics and Scooby’s All-Stars from 1977 to 1979. The third season featured Captain Caveman and the Teen Angles in their own half-hour time slot in 1980.
Astrea was the first Black female superhero featured in a Saturday Morning Cartoon series, the Space Sentinels. Roman mythological figures Hercules and Mercury were joined by Astrea, one of the most respected and esteemed goddesses of the Greek and Roman world to form a superhero team to protect mankind.
Chris and Christy Cross are Micro Woman and Super Stretch, a fictional, shape-shifting, husband and wife crime fighting team. They were the first Black Superhero duo and the first Black Husband and Wife superhero duo to appear in a Saturday Morning Cartoon.