History of Animation - Origins of American Animation

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This historic series features some of the earliest and most hilarious animated features made between 1900 and 1921. Few early-animated films carried a story line, except for Otto Meessmer's Felix the Cat and Winsor McCay's Gertie the Dinosaur. McCay produced his animated stories by making between four thousand and ten thousand separate line drawings and then filming these with a movie camera.

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Gertie on Tour [Fragment]
27. Gertie on Tour [Fragment]
 
Gertie is a dinosaur who lives in present times. She encounters a train and dreams of being the life of the party in her time. Sponsor: Rialto Productions. Producer: Rialto Productions. Year: 1921. Length: 00:01:24. Audio: Silent. Color: Black &White
The First Circus - Part 2
26. The First Circus - Part 2
 
During the stone-age the Stonehenge Circus entertained cavemen and women. The circus had a dinosaur that doubled as a trampoline and tightrope for the acrobats. Sponsor: Herbert M. Dawley. Producer: Herbert M. Dawley. Year: 1921. Length: 00:03:30. Audio: Silent. Color: Black &White
The First Circus - Part 1
25. The First Circus - Part 1
 
During the stone-age the Stonehenge Circus entertained cavemen and women. The circus had a dinosaur that doubled as a trampoline and tightrope for the acrobats. Sponsor: Herbert M. Dawley. Producer: Herbert M. Dawley. Year: 1921. Length: 00:02:29. Audio: Silent. Color: Black &White
The Centaurs [Fragment]
24. The Centaurs [Fragment]
 
A half human-half horse boy and girl meet and fall in love. They have a baby and go home to their parents for a happy reunion. Sponsor: Herbert M. Dawley. Producer: Herbert M. Dawley. Year: 1921. Length: 00:02:29. Audio: Silent. Color: Black &White
Dud Leaves Home
23. Dud Leaves Home
 
Dud wants to buy his girlfriend Maime an ice cream cone so he breaks open his mother's bank, and splits their last dime in half in the process. His mother punishes him so he runs away. Dud is scared by imaginary ghosts in the dark, so he runs back home where he gets a spanking from his mother.
AWOL - All Wrong Old Laddiebuck - Part 2
22. AWOL - All Wrong Old Laddiebuck - Part 2
 
Concerns American soldiers in Europe after the armstice [sic]. One goes AWOL with "Joy" (Miss AWOL) and after a series of mishaps with her, he is thrown in a guard house while his fellow soldiers go home. Sponsor: American Motion Picture Co. Producer: American Motion Picture Co. Year: 1919. Length: 00:02:37. Audio: Silent. Color: Black &White
AWOL - All Wrong Old Laddiebuck - Part 1
21. AWOL - All Wrong Old Laddiebuck - Part 1
 
Concerns American soldiers in Europe after the armstice [sic]. One goes AWOL with "Joy" (Miss AWOL) and after a series of mishaps with her, he is thrown in a guard house while his fellow soldiers go home. Sponsor: American Motion Picture Co. Producer: American Motion Picture Co. Year: 1919. Length: 00:03:11. Audio: Silent. Color: Black &White
W.S.S. Thriftettes
20. W.S.S. Thriftettes
 
A promotion for war savings stamps, reputed here to help confine Germany's Kaiser to a circus cage. Sponsor: Thomas A. Edison Inc. Producer: Thomas A Edison Inc. Year: 1918. Length: 00:00:36. Audio: Silent. Color: Black &White
Policy and Pie - Part 2
19. Policy and Pie - Part 2
 
The Captain gets a life insurance policy and gives it to his wife. In gratitude she makes him a pie. The Katzenjammer Kids play a trick on the Captain and sneak toads into his pie so that he would think his wife is trying to poison him. Sponsor: International Film Service Inc. Producer: International Film Service Inc. Year: 1918. Length: 00:03:31. Audio: Silent. Color: Black &White
Policy and Pie - Part 1
18. Policy and Pie - Part 1
 
The Captain gets a life insurance policy and gives it to his wife. In gratitude she makes him a pie. The Katzenjammer Kids play a trick on the Captain and sneak toads into his pie so that he would think his wife is trying to poison him. Sponsor: International Film Service Inc. Producer: International Film Service Inc. Year: 1918. Length: 00:03:36. Audio: Silent. Color: Black &White
The Dinosaur and the Missing Link - A Prehistoric Tragedy - Part 2
17. The Dinosaur and the Missing Link - A Prehistoric Tragedy - Part 2
 
When the Missing Link goes to the lake to get some water, where the dinosaur is, the dinosaur kills the Missing Link and goes away. Then the "Hero" finds the Missing Link and takes the credit for killing Wild Willie. Sponsor and Producer: Thomas A Edison Inc. Year: 1917. Length: 00:02:53. Audio: Silent. Color: Black &White
The Dinosaur and the Missing Link - A Prehistoric Tragedy - Part 1
16. The Dinosaur and the Missing Link - A Prehistoric Tragedy - Part 1
 
starts with a caveman going to give some flowers to a cavegirl. He fails when he hits a tree. However, he keeps going. However, the "Self Appointed Hero" of the story steals the girl's heart. Meanwhile, an evil Gorilla-like creature called "Wild Willie" the Missing Link is watching them. Sponsor and Producer: Thomas A Edison Inc. Year: 1917. Length: 00:03:29. Audio: Silent. Color: Black &White
Mary and Gretel - Part 2
15. Mary and Gretel - Part 2
 
Mary & Gretel explore the forest and come across Rip Van Winkle, drunken woodsmen, and a bunny. They pluck magic flowers and a fairy appears and sends them home. Sponsor: Toyland Films. Producer: Toyland Films. Year: 1917. Length: 00:02:54. Audio: Silent. Color: Black &White.
Mary and Gretel - Part 1
14. Mary and Gretel - Part 1
 
A fairy brings two dolls to life, part of a short lived stop-motion puppet series by animator Howard S. Moss, adapted from a series of books entitled Motoys in Life. Sponsor: Toyland Films. Producer: Toyland Films. Year: 1917. Length: 00:04:07. Audio: Silent. Color: Black &White
Bobby Bumps Starts a Lodge
13. Bobby Bumps Starts a Lodge
 
Bobby Bumps plays a trick on his friend who wants to be initiated into his lodge. When his friend outsmarts him and saves his life, they both agree to be initiated into the lodge together. Sponsor: Bray Studios Inc. Producer: Bray Studios Inc. Year: 1916. Length: 00:05:18. Audio: Silent. Color: Black &White
Krazy Kat and Ignatz Mouse - At the Circus
12. Krazy Kat and Ignatz Mouse - At the Circus
 
An animated cartoon about the adventures of Krazy Kat and Ignatz Mouse at the circus, where they demonstrate their courage to each other by attempting to scare a woman. Sponsor: International Film Service Inc. Producer: International Film Service Inc. Year: 1916. Length: 00:03:02. Audio: Silent. Color: Black &White
Krazy Kat Goes A-Wooing
11. Krazy Kat Goes A-Wooing
 
Krazy Kat's serenade outside the window of Ignatz Mouse meets with a barrage of bricks. Based on George Herriman's comic strip Krazy Kat. The digital file includes a piano score composed and performed by Philip Carli. Sponsor: International Film Service Inc. Producer: International Film Service Inc. Year: 1916. Length: 00:02:18. Audio: Silent. Color: Black &White
NEVER AGAIN! The Story of a Speeder Cop
10. NEVER AGAIN! The Story of a Speeder Cop
 
An animated cartoon about an ineffectual policeman (Officer Heeler) who quits the force after a losing battle against speeders. Sponsor: International Film Service Inc. Producer: International Film Service Inc. Year: 1916. Length: 00:02:04. Audio: Mono. Color: Black &White
Mr. Nobody Holme - He Buys a Jitney
9. Mr. Nobody Holme - He Buys a Jitney
 
This is yet another rib-tickling animated cartoon about Mr. Nobody Holme, who warms up his sluggish automobile with the assistance of a stick of dynamite. Sponsor: International Film Service Inc. Producer: International Film Service Inc. Year: 1916. Length: 00:01:23. Audio: Mono. Color: Black &White
The Phable of the Phat Woman
8. The Phable of the Phat Woman
 
This is a hilarious animated cartoon about a fat lady who attempts unsuccessfully to lose weight. Sponsor: International Film Service Inc. Producer: International Film Service Inc. Year: 1916. Length: 00:02:10. Audio: Mono. Color: Black &White
The Phable of a Busted Romance
7. The Phable of a Busted Romance
 
This is a hilarious animated cartoon about a fat lady who attempts unsuccessfully to lose weight. Sponsor: International Film Service Inc. Producer: International Film Service Inc. Year: 1916. Length: 00:02:02. Audio: Mono. Color: Black &White
He Resolves not to Smoke
6. He Resolves not to Smoke
 
This funny animated clip shows how a bad dream helps a little fellow decide that smoking wasn't good for him. Sponsor: Essanay Film Manufacturing Co. Producer: Wallace Carlson. Year: 1915. Length: 00:05:06. Audio: Mono. Color: Black &White
Men's styles
5. Men's styles
 
This hilarious clip shows Pa Mormand's obsession with hats. Like the previous animated short, this one takes a dig at high society and consumer fashion. Created by the Mutual Film Corp in 1915, the film carries a lively musical score. Sponsor: Gaumont Company. Producer: Gaumont Company. Year: 1915. Length: 00:03:37. Audio: Mono. Color: Black &White
Women's Styles
4. Women's Styles
 
This is a humorous comment on women's fashions in 1915. It depicts women in various designs of dresses and captures the effect of this on the husband who cannot comprehend the absurdity of his wife wanting to keep up with the Joneses. This short is based on the newspaper comic strip by "Pop" Mormand, and includes a piano score.
Humorous Phases of Funny Faces
3. Humorous Phases of Funny Faces
 
An artists draws a series of funny faces which then amazingly come life and go through the motions of smiling, frowning and even smoking. The drawings include a line drawing of two faces, a man with an umbrella, a line drawing of two faces in profile, a clown, faces of "Coon and Cohen," the profile of a seated man, and a bottle of Medic.
Fun in a Bakery Shop
2. Fun in a Bakery Shop
 
This humorous short depicts a baker who discovers a mouse in the bakery. The irate baker proceeds to throw the dough at the mouse and then pummels the dough and manipulates it into several funny masks - all with mouse still trapped inside. His artistic endeavor is brought to an abrupt end when his colleagues unceremoniously dump him head first into a flour barrel.
The Enchanted Drawing
1. The Enchanted Drawing
 
Created and published in the United States by the, Edison Manufacturing Co., 1900, this humorous short depicts artist Stuart Blackton drawing a caricature on a large sheet. The artist then proceeds to sketch a goblet and a bottle of wine, which he actually removes from the paper on which they were drawn and pours actual wine out of the bottle into a real glass.
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This historic series features some of the earliest and most hilarious animated features made between 1900 and 1921. Few early-animated films carried a story line, except for Otto Meessmer's Felix the Cat and Winsor McCay's Gertie the Dinosaur. McCay produced his animated stories by making between four thousand and ten thousand separate line drawings and then filming these with a movie camera.

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