Nothing more – and certainly nothing less – than a few minutes of good-hearted cinematic trickery and mischievousness. Quite inventive for its time, and still somewhat funny – though maybe not in my book of the fine arts. Advertisements
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.
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
»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
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
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
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