With all the recent news about Google developing a car that doesn't need a driver, this mixed live-action-and-animation piece from Kineto Films -- they produced about three dozen cartoons in this era -- will be a very funny warning. Thanks to the BFI for uploading it on their Youtube site! It's directed by Walter Booth, the ex-stage magician who was England answer to Georges Melies. The action, which involves a gormless bridegroom and his bride using a mechanical man to drive their car on a honeymoon trip to Saturn is a comic gloss on Melies' A TRIP TO THE MOON, with some regular animation and some in the style of Terry Gilliam. Its use of Melies-style imagery specifically for comic effect will startle fans of early cinema.
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