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Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend: The Pet (1921)

After eating a rarebit, a man has an odd dream in which his wife takes in a strange-looking animal that eats everything in sight and keeps growing until it threatens the entire city.

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As the Colonel is getting ready to go to sleep, his wife reproaches him for having eaten rarebit, which always gives him strange dreams. Sure enough, the Colonel soon has a dream, in which his wife takes in an odd stray animal. In his dream, the new pet has an insatiable appetite - but what really causes trouble is that every time it eats something, it immediately gets larger. Written by Snow Leopard

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Not so innovative, but very pretty and imaginative
8 September 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

While this cartoon isn't as innovative as some of Winsor McCay's earlier works (such as LITTLE NEMO and GERTIE THE DINOSAUR), this later McCay film is still quite impressive when seen today. Compared to other early animations, it is a real treat because the shading and backgrounds are so well made and show a lot of care. Plus, the story is really weird and it also packs a lot of charm. As a result, here in the 21st century, it STILL is pretty watchable and exciting to watch--at least for Cinephiles and history lovers (like me).

By the way, his "rarebit" films have all seemed to imply that eating cheese causes bad or at least weird dreams! I gotta check it out and see if he was right!


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