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The Humpty Dumpty Circus (1898)

A reel of mirth-provoking stunts that will draw the pennies from the children, but which is of much interest to young and old alike. It opens with a crowd of children leaving school and ... See full summary »

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J. Stuart Blackton (animated by)
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A reel of mirth-provoking stunts that will draw the pennies from the children, but which is of much interest to young and old alike. It opens with a crowd of children leaving school and marching through the streets to the "Humpty Dumpty Circus." We see them crowd into the tent and at the end of each act they vociferously applaud the performers These are the little wooden toys that are familiar to all, and which are made to perform all the usual acrobatic stunts of the circus performer in a remarkably realistic manner. Some of the scenes are really comical and it is hard to believe that the elephants and donkeys are not alive. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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lost film | circus | stop motion | See All (3) »


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If this film was made by Blackton and Smith, it was a compilation of their works by some F.E.Dobson and this means a different film as "That Entertainment" etc.

In "The Moving Picture World" (october 31, 1908 Vol.3 No.18) pp.339 - When we consider that there are twelve pictures to a foot of film and that there are 885 feet in the "Humpty Dumpty" subject we begin to realize the magnitude of the task. We are not surprised to learn that the producer worked for Several months on the negative, almost without intermission. The negative was made for the Kalem Company by F. E. Dobson, an adept at this kind of work, who was for many years with the Biograph Company. See more »

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Milestone short for both animation and stop-motion
24 February 2000 | by jake-98See all my reviews

Considered one if not THE first stop-motion picture of all time. J.S. Blackton simply moves his sons toys around 1 frame at a time so that they appear to move around without anyone person physically moving them on camera. Film has for some time been lost and cannot be found, only information about the film exists.


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1898 (USA) See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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