A hungry mosquito spots and follows a man on his way home. The mosquito slips into the room where the man is sleeping, and gets ready for a meal. His first attempts startle the man and wake him up, but the mosquito is very persistent.
A jilted husband takes his revenge by filming his wife and her lover and showing the result at the local cinema. This was one of Starewicz' first animated films, and stars very realistic ... See full summary »
A greedy tycoon decides, on a whim, to corner the world market in wheat. This doubles the price of bread, forcing the grain's producers into charity lines and further into poverty. The film... See full summary »
Frankenstein, a young medical student, trying to create the perfect human being, instead creates a misshapen monster. Made ill by what he has done, Frankenstein is comforted by his fiancée ... See full summary »
J. Searle Dawley
A smoker falls asleep, and two mischievious fairies play with his pipe. He discovers this, and imprisons them in a cigar box. He removes a flower from the box, which contains a fairy ... See full summary »
Porter's sequential continuity editing links several shots to form a narrative of firemen responding to a house fire. They leave the station with their horse drawn pumper, arrive on the ... See full summary »
George S. Fleming,
Edwin S. Porter
James H. White
Cartoonist Winsor McCay agrees to create a large set of drawings that will be photographed and made into a motion picture. The job requires plenty of drawing supplies, and the cartoonist must also overcome some mishaps caused by an assistant. Finally, the work is done, and everyone can see the resulting animated picture. Written by
Incredible Animation, Impressive Even Over a Century Later
Winsor McCay is one of the greatest cartoonists of all time, and, by proof of this short film, one of the earliest and greatest animators also. He is famous for his surreal dreamy cartoons like "Little Nemo in Slumberland" and "Dream of the Rarebit Fiend," but this was his debut in animation and he executed it perfectly. McCay uses live action with animation to tell a story that is really about conceiving the idea of animation and proving it to his fellow colleagues. He demonstrates his mind boggling skill at freehand ink drawing and uses quite remarkable techniques in his animation. The depth, fluidness, perspective, movement and three dimensianalism puts the skill of this animation way before its time that most hand drawn cartoons still to this day cannot achieve.
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