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World Records

First All-Talking Cartoon
Paul Terry's Dinner Time (USA, 1928) was premiered at the Mark Strand Theater, New York City, USA, on September 1, 1928.

Longest-Running Newspaper Comic Strip
The Katzenjammer Kids (Hans and Fritz), created by Rudolph Dirks, was first published in the New York Journal on December 12, 1897. The strip is now drawn by cartoonist Hy Eisman and is syndicated to 50 newspapers arund the world. The original concept behind the comic strip was inspired by a German German children's story called Max Und Moritz.

Most Celebrities Featured In A Cartoon TV Series
As of episode 300 of The Simpsons "Barting Over" 340 guests had appeared on the show. Celebrities include Kelsey Grammer, Mick Jagger, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Dolly Parton and Elizabeth Taylor.
The record-breaking TV animation was first shown in 1987 as a series of 30-second spots produced by Matt Groening for the Fox network's The Tracey Ullman Show. It has since become the longest running TV cartoon series in the world.

Earliest Cartoon Strip
The first cartoon strip ever printed is The Yellow Kid, which first appeared in The New York Journal on October 18, 1896. This was the first strip to be published but was by no means the first cartoon character. Satirical cartoons of politicians, for example, had been published in newspapers for years. The Yellow Kid was first called Mickey Dugan. Mickey was bald, flap-eared, had a shy smile, and only spoke through the words scribbled on his yellow nightshirt. He excelled at making fun of upper-class customs.

Largest Cartoon Museum
The International Museum of Cartoon Art in Boca Raton, Florida, USA, has a collection of over 160,000 original animated drawings from 50 different countries, and 1,000 hours of cartoons, interviews, and documentaries on film and tape.




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