Best Animation Movies of 1918
The Sinking of the Lusitania
Winsor McCay recreates the sinking of the ocean liner Lusitania by a German U-boat in this propaganda piece designed to stir up anti-German sentiment during World War I.
The Ghost of Slumber Mountain
In a dream Uncle Jack looks through a magic telescope owned by the ghost of a hermit and sees what life was like millions of years ago, including a battle between prehistoric monsters.
The Extra-Quick Lunch
A customer arrives at a restaurant in which Mutt is the waiter, and Jeff is the cook. The customer orders oxtail soup, and then argues with Mutt when it turns out to contain no actual tail. After Mutt then attends, with some difficulty, to two other customers, he takes an order for pancakes from an attractive woman. When the pancakes arrive, she is dissatisfied with them, and so Mutt tries to make amends.
At the Dentist
Based on the Buster Brown comic by R.F. Outcault.
Policy and Pie
After the Captain finds the black cat under his hat on the floor after the hat moved, he hits the cat with a brush at the exact time Mama's flour in her pie hits her and makes her white!
A soldier impatient for his discharge from the army after the armistice ending World War I goes absent without leave and is faced with the consequences of his actions.
Bobby Bumps Puts a Beanery on the Bum
The dialog was presented into two different kinds of formats: in a comic-strip "balloons" and in "title cards." I liked the former more, because it's almost like looking at a comic strip literally come to life. The story is a bunch of antics that go on in a diner/restaurant (they used to call a "beanery") and in the kitchen as Bobby and his dog help out. Some of the gags are excellent. The dog is a riot.
Bobby Bumps Caught in the Jam
Bobby Bumps, his dog Fido, and a shady mouse get into a jar of jam--and trouble.
Goodrich Dirt, Cow Puncher
The character of Goodrich Dirt - a squat, bearded fellow whos a hapless dimwit - was the creation of Wallace Carlson, one of Brays animators. In Goodrich Dirt, Cowpuncher hes hired as a ranchhand-a profession for which hes in no way suited.
Kapten Grogg och fru
Captain Grogg and Madam tragicomically depict Grogg's miserable marriage with Sylfidia. Everything goes smoothly. Sylfidia turns down on every life mission from Grogg's side. After killing his wife by mistake, he walks out of his marriage by leaving the frame.