What is reportedly the oldest surviving animated film, "Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed" (English title: "The Adventures of Prince Achmed"), is a 1926 German animated fairytale by Lotte Reiniger and Carl Koch. The video is over an hour long, but, even if you don't watch it all, you'll still be amazed by the film maker's use of shadow puppetry. The soundtrack music is suitably menacing, too!
We've certainly come a long way from Prince Achmed to today's computer animated blockbusters. And, the future is still wide open! If you'd like to become a part of the future animation movement, check out this book: So You Want to work in Animation & Special Effects? by Torene Svitil. We look forward to seeing your next film!