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Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend: The Pet (1921)

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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Pet on the Loose
2 May 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend: The Pet (1921)

*** (out of 4)

Winsor McCay classic that makes you feel that the filmmakers of THE LOST WORLD and KING KONG might have been influenced by this. A husband brags about eating a delicious rarebit but this food always gives him weird dreams. In the dream, the wife takes in a cute animal and soon after it just keeps eating and eating while getting bigger and bigger. The thing eventually grows to the size where it begins to terrorize the city. McCay made three different "Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend" films in 1921 and this here is certainly the best of the bunch. One could argue the creative issues seeing as how all three were pretty much the same story with different dreams but this here is so creative that you can't help but fall for it. The entire film has a very bizarre atmosphere working for it and a lot of credit has to go to McCay for coming up with such a strange looking animal. It's part pig, part dog and part teddy bear but it's certainly something impossible to forget. I thought the animation was a major step up from his previous films and just check out the scene where the animals is eating what appears to be beans off the floor. Just pay attention to the way the pile goes down as the creature eats them. Fans of McCay will certainly want to check this one out but fans of the surreal and bizarre should enjoy it as well.


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