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16 November 1900 (USA) See more »
A cartoonist defies reality when he draws objects that become three-dimensional after he lifts them off his sketch pad. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Watch a Century of Stop-Motion Animation in 3 Minutes
 (From Indiewire. 3 September 2016, 5:11 PM, PDT)

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Directed by
J. Stuart Blackton 
Produced by
J. Stuart Blackton .... producer
Albert E. Smith .... producer
Cinematography by
Albert E. Smith 

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Both stop-motion and drawn animation techniques were used in this film.See more »
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The Father of Animation, 11 March 2016
Author: exe_malaga93 from Argentina

While one may think it is difficult to review a short that lasts only two minutes, no matter how much of a cinephile you are, the fact that you may witness the beginnings of animation in this art, is a reason enough to be "passionate" about the challenge.

The short uses precise (though somewhat obvious) camera cuts to give the illusion of drawings being taken off and returned to the canvas by the artist. This could be considered as an early use of special effects that combine two-dimensional drawings with real people and objects, a clear precedent of what we would later see in films like Roger Rabbit and Space Jam. In its time I'm sure it must have surprised audiences. It is not a minor detail, therefore, that one of the people responsible for this little gem is James Stuart Blackton, a major producer and director of that time, who is also considered as "The Father of Animation", and plays the drawer. I highlight his name, since he was a pioneer that worked with revolutionary techniques, and gave birth to one of the most important and popular genres of cinema (despite this work not being completely animated, like his "Humorous Phases of Funny Faces" from 1907, considered the first film almost entirely drawn that was shown in cinemas).

With a sense of humor present throughout the very brief footage, and a good use of special methods, one can't help but feel enchanted (no pun intended) to this little, but remarkable gem.

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