Animated figure Talkie gets a visit from his friend Mutie in search for a job. Talkie takes him to the Western Electric sound lab, where a technician explains the process of putting sound ... See full summary »
Animated figure Talkie gets a visit from his friend Mutie in search for a job. Talkie takes him to the Western Electric sound lab, where a technician explains the process of putting sound on film and reproducing it in the theatre. Written by
Michael Jurich <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Fascinating...though I think this would bore kids to death.
This is a cartoon that really was not intended for kids. Despite some cute characters, the film really is a somewhat dry explanation about how sound is placed on film using the Western Electric sound system (as opposed to the one created by Vitaphone--where the accompanying sound was placed on a separate disk and synchronized to the film).
The film begins with two anthropomorphic rolls of film. One is a sound film and the other a silent one that can only talk with subtitles. The sound film asks the other if it would like to talk out loud. When the silent film says it's been out of work for some time, it agrees and the sound film takes him on a journey to meet a professor who explains the way sound is placed on film and then delivered to the audience. I found it all very fascinating, but I am also a huge film history buff. I am sure that if you showed this to little kids, they've go nuts! But for older kids and adults, it's all very interesting and a wonderful extra included on "The Jazz Singer" DVD set.
The film was co-directed by Max Fleischer--who became famous for Popeye and Betty Boop in the 1930s. However, the style of this film is much more like his silent cartoons--especially at the beginning when a hand begins to draw the characters.
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