A combination of the story of Goldlocks and the Three Bears with the true story of how Teddy Roosevelt spared a bear cub after killing its mother while hunting, an event which led to the popularization of the teddy bear. Goldilocks goes to sleep in the bears' home after watching six teddy bears dance and do acrobatics, viewing them through a knothole in the wall. When she is awoken by the returning bear family, they give chase through the woods, but she runs to the aid of the Old Rough Rider, who saves her.Written by
One of the 50 films in the 3-disk boxed DVD set called "More Treasures from American Film Archives, 1894-1931" (2004), compiled by the National Film Preservation Foundation from 5 American film archives. This film has a running time of 13 minutes, an added piano music score.and is preserved by the Library of Congress (from the Richard Marshall collection, with supplementary portions). See more »
I had the good fortune some fifteen years ago to catch a British television documentary (the name of which escapes me now) the subject matter of which was the pioneering years of animation. During the course of the programme were shown several frames from this early film. Whilst obviously jerky and completely devoid of modern animation techniques, I was particularly impressed by the innovation used here by Ed Porter.
Actually produced in 1906 and following on from the critical success of another chalk-board animation that same year, THE HUMOROUS PHASES OF FUNNY FACES, directed by Stuart Blackton, THE TEDDY BEARS was in fact a stop-frame production, using real stuffed teddy bears! In this respect, Porter was creating true "animation" but not a cartoon! It was in hindsight, the absolute ancestor of today's "Claymation." It took Ed Porter 56 hours work to complete just one minute of "moving" film.
Perhaps when viewing today such spectacular computer-generated animation as the recent DINOSAUR, the product of armies of programmers, artists and technical designers, you might spare a thought for pioneers like Ed Porter who sat alone in their studio crafting the framework for future generations with agonising slowness, but dedication.
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