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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, But Humorously Offbeat Animated Feature
8 June 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

The animation is fairly simple compared with most of Winsor McCay's later animated movies, but nevertheless this is a humorously offbeat feature - at least, that is, as long as you don't have any phobias about mosquitoes.

The simple story shows a mosquito tracking a prospective meal, and then getting down to work. The mosquito is cleverly drawn, and the story features a couple of pretty good, if slightly morbid, gags. Later on, McCay began to fill his features with a wealth of background detail, which is missing here, and as a result it is fairly plain-looking at times. But for such an early effort, it's made pretty well, and is worth seeing.


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