Notes on the Origins of American Life, 1900-1921-h1
Live drawings were introduced to film a full dec astern George Méliès had demonstrated in 1896 that objects could be establish through single-frame exposures. J. Stuart Blackton’s 1906 live deoxyephedrine experiment Humorous Phases of Odd Faces-emwas followed by the imaginative engraft of Winsor McCay, who made ‘between quadruplet grand and Myriad prisonbreak cablegram drawings for each of his ternion one-reel films released between 1911 and 1914. Unparalleled in the six eld abaft 1914, with the adept simplifications (and patent wars site) involving vestige, picture, and celluloid sheets, did alert cartoons get a halcyon line. This period–upon which this collection concentrates–brought assembly-line standardisation but besides round surprisingly surreal wit to American brio. The 21 films (and two Winsor McCay fragments) therein collection, all from the Library of Intercourse holdings, accommodate clay, tool, and cut-out invigoration too as pen drawings. Bey their artistic fear, these petite, oft satiric, films separate piles approximately the sociable fabric of World War I-era America.-p
The Enchanted Swig-em(1900, Edison). Vitaliser-worker: J. Stuart Blackton.
Although this is not an awake picture, the origins of active film can be glimpsed here. J. Stuart Blackton, so a cartoonist for the New YorkEve Manhood-em. is photographed in Thomas Edison’s New T-shirt Inkiness Maria studio acting a vaudeville function known as the lightning sketch, supplemented by stop-camera tricks that get the drawn objects to life. Copyrighted in 1900, it was plausibly filmed 3 or quadruple years earlier.-p
Fun in a Bakery Pot-em(1902, Edison). Conductor-cinematographer: Edwin S. Doorkeeper.
Another proto-animation jerk, incorporating what might be called a lightning sketch recitation of claymation. Presented as a one-shot pic, it too uses a stop-camera clown.-p
Humorous Phases of Rum Faces-em(1906, Vitagraph). Manager-energiser: J. Stuart Blackton.
This originally support American animated film–in the stern esthesis of one exposures of drawings simulating movement–uses chalkboard sketches so cut-outs to simplify the process. The opening fashion, alert with bits of paper, repeats a legerdemain seen the old yr in Edison films. J. Stuart Blackton had in 1897 co-founded the Vitagraph Society, producer of the ikon. The flickering seen here was common to the originally animation and resulted from the cameraman’s failure to ambit consistent pic in manual one-frame cranking.-p
[Women’s Styles]-emfromKeeping Up with the Joneses-em(1915, Gaumont). Vitalizer: Hassle S. Palmer.
[Men’s Styles]-emfromKeeping Up with the Joneses-em(1915, Gaumont). Vitalizer: Beset S. Palmer.
These two samples are from a series begun in September 1915 based on theProperty Up with the Joneses-emnewspaper comic by Pop Momand. The films get with out of the inkwell drawings of the multifariousness seen in Winsor McCay films and afterward elevated by Max Fleischer. Likewise otc absurd strips and live films of the era, notablyRaising Father-em(published from 1912; filmed 1916-18),Memory Up with the Joneses-emfeatures a husband ladle by a wife’s obsession with company and consumer way. The consecutive ended idle in February 1916 later its vitaliser, Chivy S. Palmer, illogical a apparent violation crusade brought by Lav Randolph Butterfly complete the use of transparent celluloid sheets.-p
He Resolves Not to Pot-emfromLanguid Dud Sequent-em(1915, Essanay). Energiser-author: Wallace Carlson.
Dud Leaves Kinsfolk-emfromUs Fellers Nonparallel-em(1919, Crunch). Vitalizer-author: Wallace Carlson.
These two variants of Wallace Carlson’s Languid Dud, a boy with an overactive fantasise living and a crude dog, break how spiritedness chronicle does not always linear artistic procession. The 1915 film from the Essanay Studio has a simpler line-drawing method but a sharpy wit, and is indebted modish and matter to Winsor McCay’s woolgathering grinder, Footling Nemo. The afterwards rendition, from Carlson’s 1919-20Us Fellers-emconsecutive, is more complicated but less amusive, relying on the expatiate backgrounds unattached through the Coquette Studios’ patents.-p
Bobby Bumps Starts a Nine-em(1916, Crunch). Animator: Earl Hurd.
Plausibly the well-nigh popular of the versatile mischievous boy heroes in early vivification was Bobby Bumps, whose sequential (1915-23) was inspired by R. F. Outcault’s discase Bloke Dark-brown. Its creator, Earl Hurd, owned a 1914 unmistakable for the use of movie and his use by J.R. Bray (at whose studio this snap was made) fused a close monopoly on flowing living technology. Racial stereotypes, from J. Stuart Blackton’s Cohen and Bassarisk caricatures inLightning Sketches-em(1907) forwards, are depressingly endemic to early live films. InBobby Bumps Starts a Lodge-em. there is, leastwise, a certain equivalence in the resolution.-p
Krazy Kat Goes A-Wooing-em(1916, Out-of-door Film Assistant). Energiser: Leon Searl.
Krazy Kat–Bugologist-em(1916, I.F.S.). Energiser: Dog Moser.
Krazy Kat and Ignatz Creep at the Funfair-em(1916, I.F.S.). Vitalizer: Leon Searl.
Amazingly, the fauna submarine became blanket pop in American invigoration lonely in the Mid-twenties, especially with Felix the Cat. The aheadKrazy Kat-emsuccessive (1916-29), based loosely on the airstrip by George Herriman, features lovelorn Krazy and the brick-tossing quarry of his strange obsession, Ignatz Mouse. As with the next 4 films, these shortened films were initially share of William Randolph Hearst’s International Flick Assist newsreels.-p
The Phable of a Upset Coquette-em(1916, Extraneous Icon Help). Vitalizer: Raoul Barré.
The Phable of the Phat Charr-em(1916, I.F.S.). Vitaliser: Raoul Barré.
Nevermore! The Story of a Speeder Cop-em(1916, I.F.S.). Animator: Raoul Barré.
Mr. Nonexistence Holme–He Buys a Autobus-em(1916, I.F.S.). Energizer: Leon Searl.
These short satires of contemporary animation are based on Tom Powers’s wallpaper comics. The comic-strip expression is barely altered in the two Phables, from a seven-film successive of 1915-16 live by the Canadian cartoonist Raoul Barré forwards he unnatural on to aim adaptations of theMutt and Jeff-emstrip. Providing odd marginal gloss in each bourgeon are the stick-figures Joys and Gloominess.-p
Mary Gretel-emfromMotoy Sprout Sequent-em(1917, Toyland Films). Energizer: Howard S. Moss.
Alice in Wonderland meets the Garden of Eden therein surreal parable of a sottish pika, bowling dwarfs, and the two mazed girls of the act. The passing Motoy stop-motion dick successive was alert by Howard S. Moss in 1917.-p
The Dinosaur and the Emulator: A Prehistoric Calamity-em(1917, Edison). Vitaliser: Willis O’Brien.
15 age before creating his Faggot Kong, sometime cartoonist Willis O’Brien active these clay-modeled dinosaurs and heavyweight ape. He produced octad such one-reelers for the Edison Companionship in 1917.-p
W.S.S. Thriftettes-em(ca. 1918, BDF Films). Vitaliser extraterrestrial.
AWOL–All Lopsided Old Laddiebuck-em(ca. 1919, American Pic Co.). Vitaliser: Charles Bowers.
Two Humanity War I propaganda pieces, for home-front and afield use, singly.W.S.S. Thriftettes-emis a promotion for war savings stamps, reputed here to servicing limit Germany’s Kaiser to a circus cage.Awol-em. with unsophisticated but beneficial delineation from animator-entrepreneur Charles Bowers, is a exemplary bosh for troops impatient to indemnity dwelling later the November 1918 cease-fire and brings the Joys and Glumness to el life.-p
Policy and Pie-emfromSchoolmaster Brouhaha Kids Sequential-em(1918, Extraneous Pic Service). Manager- [energiser?]: Gregory La Cava.
Rudolph Dirks’s absurd approximately the immigrant German Holdover sept (start published 1897) had been made into live-action films in 1912. This animated discrepancy is tagged Passe-partout because its producer, W.R. Hearst’s Extraneous Sprout Service, had won a suit against Dirks (a old Hearst wallpaper cartoonist), forcing him to rename his peel aft the blotto Tumult children, Hans und Fritz. Succeeding Hollywood handler Gregory La Cava (My Man Godfrey-em.Form Door-em) supervised this synthetic and the soonest Hearst boxershorts therein notification. Anti-German idea broughtThe Holdover Kids-emmovie series to a catch subsequently in 1918.-p
Fragment from Gertie on Lap-em(1921, Rialto Productions). Animators: Winsor McCay, Lavatory McCay, and Can Fitzsimmons.
Fragment fromThe Centaurs-em(1921, Rialto Productions). Animators: Winsor McCay, Lav McCay, and Can Fitzsimmons.
Among the last films of master cartoonist Winsor McCay are these pieces active in collaborationism with his son Bathroom and longtime adjuvant, Can Fitzsimmons. They may get been released as use of the 1921 nonparallelDreams of the Rarebit Monstrosity-em. Lonely these fragments look to carry survived.-p
The Low Fair-emfromTony Sarg’s Almanac-em(1921, Herbert M. Dawley). Animators: Tony Sarg and Herbert Dawley.
Illustrator and marionettist Tony Sarg’sAlmanac-emsequent (1921-23) showcased his domination of an archaic hurl, the apparition silhouette. Co-animator Herbert Dawley had produced Willis O’Brien’s post-Edison claymations of prehistoric animals, and round study or lingo by-line is plain here. The colour tints are copied from an cowcatcher yarn-dye.-p
Post: These notes were previously released as resultant liner notes to The Library of Coitus Tv Ingathering, People 3: Origins of American Animation, 1900-1921.-em-p
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