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Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend: The Pet (1921)

Not Rated | | Animation, Short | 26 September 1921 (USA)
After eating a rarebit, a man has an odd dream in which his wife takes in a strange-looking animal that eats everything in sight and keeps growing until it threatens the entire city.

Director:

Winsor McCay

Writers:

Winsor McCay (comic strip "Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend"), Winsor McCay (screenplay)
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As the Colonel is getting ready to go to sleep, his wife reproaches him for having eaten rarebit, which always gives him strange dreams. Sure enough, the Colonel soon has a dream, in which his wife takes in an odd stray animal. In his dream, the new pet has an insatiable appetite - but what really causes trouble is that every time it eats something, it immediately gets larger. Written by Snow Leopard

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 1921 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Monster Dog See more »

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Rialto Productions See more »
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Silent
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Referenced in The Lost World (1925) See more »

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Amusing & Imaginative 'Rarebit Fiend' Feature
7 June 2005 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This is an amusing and imaginative 'Rarebit Fiend' feature that makes good use out of one basic idea to provide material for a number of good moments. Most of it is simple elaboration on the basic premise, but the way that Winsor McCay steadily builds things up makes it work pretty well.

This time, the rarebit-induced dream concerns an unusual pet that quickly gets out of control. As its rampage gets worse and worse, some of the shots bring to mind similar sequences from numerous later movies, such as "King Kong" and "The Lost World", and this gives "The Pet" even extra interest.

In itself, it's pretty good as well. The animation is of McCay's usual high quality, and it works quite well for its era.


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