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Humorous Phases of Funny Faces (1906)

A cartoonist draws faces and figures on a blackboard - and they come to life.

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J. Stuart Blackton (uncredited)
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J. Stuart Blackton ... Cartoonist (uncredited)
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Considered the first truly animated movie (or at least the first verifiable, surviving animation), this film is based on the lightning-sketch, a popular vaudeville act. The artist (Blackton) draws a series of faces on a blackboard, which then seem to take on a life of their own. Written by kemie <kemie@hotbot.com>

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Started in 1904, released in 1906. See more »

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J. Stuart Blackton's hand keeps getting in the camera's way. See more »

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Featured in Sprockets: Out of the Shadows (1995) See more »

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Cutting-Edge Entertainment--For 1906
6 November 1999 | by lunatimSee all my reviews

If you're a lover of really old movies, this is a real charmer. This is an animated version of a 'chalk talk' or 'lightning drawing' vaudeville act. It has an animated title, and each segment of the film begins with J. Stuart Blackton drawing each character. Sure, the animation is crude and occasionally Mr. Blackton's hand pops up during the animated parts, but is forgivable since this is recognized as the first animated cartoon ever. The white-on-black drawing and caracatures from an era gone by give it a sublimely surreal quality.


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Release Date:

6 April 1906 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vicces arcok vicces fázisai See more »

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1.33 : 1
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