John Randolph Bray

John Randolph Bray

Adrian, Lenawee County, Michigan, USA
Death 10 Oct 1978 (aged 99)
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Burial Lincoln County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 117822172 · View Source
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Animator. He produced the second animated film in color, "The Debut of Thomas Cat" (1920), in Brewster Color, developed by Percy D. Brewster of Newark, New Jersey. (The first color animated film was Winsor McCay's "Little Nemo" from 1911.) Bray Productions produced over 500 films between 1913 and 1937, mostly animation films and documentary shorts. Cartoonist Paul Terry worked briefly for Bray Studios in 1916. The entertainment branch of Bray Pictures Corporation closed in 1928. Documentary production for theatrical release continued through the late 1930s. The educational and commercial branch, Brayco, made mostly filmstrips from the 1920s until it closed in 1963. Bray Studios was still in operation in the 1970s, shortly before Bray died at the age of 99 in 1978.

Bio by: Daniel Pletcher


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