Saturday, September 03, 2011

Of Mice and Magic: The Cartoons #1

So, this is the title I've decided to use for this new series on Random Acts of Geekery! Just as a reminder, here I'm going to attempt to find all the cartoons of note that Leonard Maltin mentions in his awesome history of animation, "Of Mice and Magic." Today's first feature is a short by J. Stewart Blackton, "The Enchanged Drawing," done in the early part of the 20th century. This cartoon is known as the beginning of film animation!

That's not to be confused with the first animated cartoon, "Humorous Phases of Funny Faces," done six years later by Blackton!

In 1911, WIndsor McCay (creator of Little Nemo in Slumberland and Dreams of a Rarebit Fiend released his own cartoon based on Little Nemo, which too four years to create, individually doing 4,000 drawings and then hand-coloring the 35mm frames! This was before cels were in use for animation, obviously.

McCay's second animated film was "The Story of a Mosquito," aka "How a Mosquito Operates," and here's that film, released a year later!

Next time: Gertie the Dinosaur and more!

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