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Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend: Bug Vaudeville (1921)

After eating a cheese cake, a hobo falls asleep and dreams of a vaudeville show performed by bugs.

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After eating a cheesecake given him by a kind-hearted lady, a hobo goes to sleep and has a bizarre dream in which insects are putting on a vaudeville show for him, with a grasshopper juggling an ant, a dancing daddy long-legs, etc. Written by Anonymous

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Eat cheese and have weird dreams about bugs
8 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

Winsor McCay is a real pioneer when it comes to animation. His LITTLE NEMO and GERTIE THE DINOSAUR are among the very earliest animated films are still hold up pretty well today--and are also great treasures due to their historical value. However, about a decade later, he produced some "Rarebit" cartoons that aren't quite as innovative and seem to imply that you should NOT eat cheese before napping lest you have some weird dreams. I enjoyed the one involving the pet that grew to enormous proportions, though I gotta admit that this one about "Bug Vaudeville" was a big disappointment. Not only was the animation less stellar, but the cartoon just isn't all that interesting. While not BAD, the cartoon isn't all that watchable today and is one that all but serious fans of animation can probably skip.


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