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
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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