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Collection Origins of American Animation

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  • Film, Video

    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.

    • Contributor: Carlson, Wallace - Bray Pictures Corporation - Afi/Marshall (george) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1919
  • Film, Video

    AWOL, all wrong old Laddiebuck /

    From J. McIntire, Silent animated films at the Library of Congress: 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. From Origin of American animation 1900-1921 notes: A cautionary tale for troops impatient to return home ...

    • Contributor: Bowers, Charles R. - American Motion Picture Corporation - Afi/Rhode Island Historical Society Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1919
  • Film, Video

    Keeping up with the Joneses. [Women's styles] /

    A domestic comedy about the McGinis family--husband Aloysius, wife Clarice, daughter Julie, and housemaid Belladonna. The simple story lines often parody society's concern with material goods as an indicator of social standing, but the series was not as narrowly focused as the title implies. The Joneses were the McGinis's neighbors, but were not depicted. They were referred to as objects of envy, with whom ...

    • Contributor: Palmer, H. S. (harry S.) - Momand, Arthur R. - Gaumont Co. - Mutual Film Corporation - Afi/Zouary (maurice) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1915
  • Film, Video

    Keeping up with the Joneses. [Men's styles] /

    A domestic comedy about the McGinis family--husband Aloysius, wife Clarice, daughter Julie, and housemaid Belladonna. The simple story lines often parody society's concern with material goods as an indicator of social standing, but the series was not as narrowly focused as the title implies. The Joneses were the McGinis's neighbors, but were not depicted. They were referred to as objects of envy, with whom ...

    • Contributor: Palmer, H. S. (harry S.) - Momand, Arthur R. - Gaumont Co. - Mutual Film Corporation - Afi/Zouary (maurice) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1915
  • Film, Video

    Dreamy Dud--he resolves not to smoke /

    Dreamy Dud steals a man's pipe because he is fascinated with smoking and blowing smoke rings. He smokes the pipe and the smoke turns into a ghost and carries him up to the moon and leaves him. Dud falls off the moon and down to earth. He wakes up on the floor of his room and resolves never to smoke.

    • Contributor: Carlson, Wallace - Essanay Film Manufacturing Co. - Afi/Edell (frederick) Collection (library of Congress) - General Film Company
    • Date: 1915
  • Film, Video

    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.

    • Contributor: Hurd, Earl - Bray Studios - Afi/Atkinson (dennis) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1916
  • Film, Video

    Policy and pie /

    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.

    • Contributor: La Cava, Gregory - International Film Service - Afi/Souder (thomas) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1918
  • Film, Video

    Mr. Nobody Holme--he buys a jitney /

    An animated cartoon about Mr. Nobody Holme, who warms up his sluggish automobile with the assistance of a stick of dynamite.

    • Contributor: Searl, Leon A. - Powers, Tom E. - International Film Service - Ernst (louise) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1916
  • Film, Video

    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.

    • Contributor: Barré, Raoul - Powers, Tom E. - International Film Service - Ernst (louise) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1916
  • Film, Video

    The phable of a busted romance /

    An animated cartoon about a workman who recovers and returns Miss Gotrox's lost purse containing 10,000 dollars, and receives a Canadian dime as a reward.

    • Contributor: Barré, Raoul - Powers, Tom E. - International Film Service - Ernst (louise) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1916
  • Film, Video

    W.S.S. Thriftettes /

    A promotion for war savings stamps, reputed here to help confine Germany's Kaiser to a circus cage.

    • Contributor: Felton, Paul M. - Felton Art Studio - Bdf Films (firm) - Miscellaneous Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1918
  • Collection

    Origins of American Animation

    The development of early American animation is represented by this collection of 21 animated films and 2 fragments, which spans the years 1900 to 1921. The films include clay, puppet, and cut-out animation, as well as pen drawings. They point to a connection between newspaper comic strips and early animated films, as represented by Keeping Up With the Joneses, Krazy Kat, and The Katzenjammer ...

    • Contributor: Library of Congress. Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division - Library of Congress. National Digital Library Program
    • Date: 1999

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  • Article

    Notes on the Origins of American Animation, 1900-1921 - Origins of American Animation - Digital Collections

    Animated drawings were introduced to film a full decade after George Méliès had demonstrated in 1896 that objects could be set in motion through single-frame exposures. J. Stuart Blackton's 1906 animated chalk experiment Humorous Phases of Funny Faces was followed by the imaginative works of Winsor McCay, who made between four thousand and ten thousand separate line drawings for each of his three one-reel ...