Tag Archives: 1910s

The phable of a busted romance (1916)

Another T. E. Powers »phable« from the short-lived Hearst-Vitagraph cooperation – this one dripping with irony! Moral: Even a dime’s worth of gratitude is sometimes too much. Not in my book of good deeds. Advertisements

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The phable of the phat woman (1916)

A moving comic strip, complete with speech balloons, about attempted weight loss. Also contains parallel happenings in every scene – more or less unrelated and quite absurd – involving conflicts between tiny proponents of »Joy« and »Gloom«. These mostly take … Continue reading

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Matches – an appeal (1899 or 1914)

»Pictures of matchstick men« by British filmmaker Arthur Melbourne Cooper. One in a series of vintage shorts where the production year is disputed – maybe the earliest stop-motion ever! Playful and promising animation, but still not in my book of … Continue reading

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Prehistoric poultry – The Dinornis or Great Roaring Whiffenpoof (1917)

Story and animation are equally clumsy, even if the Dinornis itself looks funny in a stupid kind of way. Willis O’Brien’s pre-Kong shorts are quite uneven. Not in my book of early birds. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZs_XvEk54Y

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R.F.D. 10,000 B.C. (1916)

These amusing anachronisms of everyday prehistoric life surely must have inspired The Flintstones. Unfortunately, most of the story is rather slow and tedious – plus somewhat confusing and at times even incomprehensible. A surprising and hilarious mutilation scene is not … Continue reading

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The dinosaur and the missing link – a prehistoric tragedy (1915)

By today’s standards this caveman stop-motion – famous animator Willis O’Brien’s first – is both crude and simplistic. Definitely no tragedy, though! Refreshingly ironic intertitles. Not in my stone age book. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQ1DaT7f5lE&t=33s

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The ghost of Slumber Mountain (1919)

Simplistic script and slow storytelling while the dinosaurs themselves look surprisingly alive, moving – and breathing! – in a quite naturalistic manner. Technically impressive, though not in my prehistoric book.

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