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How a Mosquito Operates (1912)

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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.

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What is a mosquito's nature? A large man enters his flat; a mosquito in top hat with valise follows, entering through the window above door. The man goes to sleep; the mosquito lands next to him, opens the valise, and takes out a grinding wheel to sharpen his proboscis. Methodically, the mosquito gets one, two, then three drinks as the man tosses, slaps, turns, covers himself, and rubs the wounds. After a fourth drink, the mosquito is so full he can barely right himself. Still he has more. Bloated, he can only hover above the sleeping man's face. Suspense builds: can he launch? He's atop his victim's nose. He jettisons his valise. Will he now be light enough to escape? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Simple, Funny and still good to watch on any occasion
20 December 2010 | by (São Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

I must thank the great Britanic film director Mike Leigh for including this animated film between his Top 10 films of all time otherwise I wouldn't know about it and see how cool this is. And the strangest thing is that is quite rare you see a film director or a actor quoting a animation as one of his favorites films.

Why "How a Mosquito Operates" is so fascinating? It's simplicity, originality and the way it was made makes this animation one of the most interesting ever made. Released in 1912 (yes, on the same year the Titanic sank) this short animated film tells in a very charming and funny way the story of a hunger mosquito that flies away into the apartment of a man only to suck his blood. This situation probably happened to everybody, we are sleeping or trying to sleep and then a mosquito appears bugging us, biting us, flying all around. So here's a film that present us a simple story yet very funny to watch.

The techniques employed here are very good, making this film very good to look at even today in a sophisticated era whose animated films have the best techniques, the most interesting stories and all of that. The way the story was told was incredibly original, using comical effects (the mosquito doesn't fly to get into the apartment, he climbs the door and enters into a passage, very funny moment) and believe me it's great for educational purposes. If a kid asks you how and why a mosquito operates instead of telling a boring and long conversation about the issue show to the kid this animation. It will present some education and laughs at the same time.

Director and creator of "How a Mosquito Operates" (AKA "The Story of a Mosquito") Winsor McCay made a wonderful job here. So everyone here's another must see film. 10/10


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