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Finding His Voice (1929)

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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 »

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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 <jurich@rummelplatz.uni-mannheim.de>

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Was aired in certain theaters to advertise the Western Electric sound system being used in the theater at the time and to promote the advent of sound in motion pictures. See more »

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Merrily We Roll Along
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Written by Murray Mencher, Charles Tobias and Eddie Cantor
Sung by Talkie and Mutie at the end of the picture
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Unique Self-Representation
30 December 1999 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

This early synchronized sound animation provides a unique look at the history of the medium, especially the self-representation that is common to many animated works. This self-reflection is seen in two ways. First, in typical Fleischer Brothers style, we see the animator's "hand" towards the beginning of the film. The film shares several stylistic qualities with other Fleischer works, including the absence of shading.

The second occurrence of self-representation is in the subject matter of the film. Dr. Western guides Mutie through the Vitaphone sound recording and reproduction process. Fleischer made use of this process in producing Finding His Voice.


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