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Dreamy Dud. He Resolves Not to Smoke. (1915)

Dud steals a gentleman's pipe and smokes it. But his exhaled smoke becomes a spirit who lifts him into the sky and hooks him on a crescent moon.


(as Wallace Carlson)


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Dreamy Dud commands his dog Wag to do a few tricks. The charming canine happily performs them, plus a few mischievous ones of his own, including engaging Dud in a little dance and tying up the boy with his leash. Later, while Wag has a semi-friendly encounter with a cat, Dud spies an old gentleman smoking a pipe. The gentleman falls asleep and Dud steals the pipe. "Here's where I make Pittsburgh look like a million dollars worth of sunshine!" he tells his dog. He smokes the pipe and his exhalations form the face of the old gentleman, then a beautiful woman, then the words, "You're a bad boy." Dud laughs at this, but then the smoke turns into a demon-like spirit who aims to fix him good. The spirit grabs Dud and lifts him high into the air. The distraught Wag is soon up to his neck in a flood of his own tears. Meanwhile, the spirit hooks Dud onto an unfriendly crescent moon. Dud cheers up the moon by telling him a joke, but the moon laughs so hard that he knocks off Dud, who falls back... Written by J. Spurlin

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22 June 1915 (USA)  »

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Imaginative and delightful
31 October 2002 | by (Michigan) – See all my reviews

This example of early animation transcends the technical limitations of the time with imagination, wit and a beguiling sense of the surreal. Wallace Carlson deftly portrays a series of increasingly absurd events - the dog Wag creating a flood with his tears, Dud being hoisted onto a crescent moon by a spirit - with awe-inspiring skill. How fresh this little gem must have seemed at a time when live-action films were often so stilted. Its freshness and sense of fun remain intact today.

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