Cartoon Rarities Of The 1920s
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TANKS (1917) The earliest cartoon on this colection, created by animaton pioneer and inventor of the "cell system," Earl Hurd.
MY OLD KENTUCKY HOME (1926) Quiet possibly the first "sound cartoon" produced by the Fleischer studio.
SWEET ADELINE (1926) This film was part of the Song Cartune series, produced by the New York based Max Fleischer studio. The Fleischers partnered with sound pioneer Dr. Lee Deforest for this one.
FOUR MUSICIANS OF BREMEN (1923) One of the first Disney cartoon shorts, produced by the newly formed "Laugh O' Grams" studio.
THE HUNT (1927) Starring Dinky Doodle, this short series was created by Walter Lantz while at the Bray Studio.
MECHANICAL COW (1927) An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon when Disney was working for the studio before he lost the rights to his cartoon character.
ALICE RATTLED BY RATS (1925) Live action Margie Gay in a cartoon world.
There are more cartoons on this volume but trust me when I say the price is superb for this colection.
There's an emphasis on 'toons combining live action with the drawings and every cartoon is perfectly viewable and listenable.
Let's hope to see more from Alpha, maybe even an entire disc or two of the Fleischer's KoKo the Clown (please!). Also look for Cartoon Rarities From The Thirties, Farmer Al Falfa, and Bizarre Cartoons discs from Alpha.
Being examples from the 1920s they were all, mostly, silent. In this program, however, musical accompaniment is included for all of them. Just know that the music you hear is probably not what theater audiences heard when these films played the local theaters. Notice I said "mostly" in that last sentence. Two of the films in this set are pioneering examples of adding sound to cartoons. There's even one where lip synced dialog is tried.
All of these cartoons were made well before the movie industry developed and enforced a self-censorship code so expect to see some ribald humor here and there and ethnic stereotyping that is no longer considered acceptable. This set makes it clear that during the early days of cartooning the intended audience was adults, not children.
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I throw this on at parties where I expect no one to really pay attention to the TV, just as some background entertainment. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alyssa Long
covers show color cartoons and they are in black and white!!!!!!!!!!!!1Published 6 months ago by Sherrie Fox
Love these old timey cartoons! They don't make them like this anymore. If you're a classic cartoon fan, you'll enjoy these.Published 9 months ago by BearRockHiker