If you are talking about drawn cartoons, that would be a bit hard to truly find, as drawings used to be the main way publications illustrate what they were trying to depict. While many would say that either this or that is the true first, you can search for yourself and decide.

When it comes to the first moving cartoon, there are also a few claiming to be the first, but I found that most historians agree that “Fantasmagorie”, a French animated cartoon form 1908, to be the first animated cartoon.

As you can see, this early example would be easy to do with today’s animation software’s, but this was all hand drawn, page per page, though the drawings are not detailed at all, the fact that this is considered to be the first one , makes it amazing in itself.

Of course, with Flash Animation being a subject in most elementary schools, many children are able to make things better than this.