Best Animation Movies of 1921
Koko The Clown continually interrupts an animator, who turns his attention to trapping the clown.
Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend: The Pet
After eating a rarebit, a man falls asleep and dreams his wife adopts a mysterious animal with an insatiable appetite. The pet eats its milk, the house cat, the house's furnishings, rat poison, and passing vehicles, including airplanes and a blimp, while growing larger and larger. This cartoon is part of a Dream trilogy animated by Winsor McCay in 1921. (CBGP)
Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend: The Flying House
After eating a rarebit at a party, a woman has a strange dream in which her husband converts their home into a flying machine to escape having to pay the exorbitant interest on the mortgage, on a flight that takes them around the world and to the moon.
A man with a huge hooked nose enters the Fleischer studios to have his bust sculpted. Meanwhile, across the studio, Max is animating Koko. When he's called over to consult on the too-accurate bust, Koko gets mischievous and creates his own drawings. He then escapes and crawls inside the clay bust, eventually wriggling off like an inchworm. He gets into a fight with the man being modelled, both of them flinging wads of clay.
An abstract animation from Walter Ruttmann.
A female centaur enters a clearing in the woods and picks flowers. She is met by a male centaur and the two romance each other. They then seek parental consent for their union. Surviving footage of a now lost film.
Lyman H. Howe's Famous Ride on a Runaway Train
A runaway train speeds down the track in this blend of animation, 'phantom ride' film and travel photography. Long believed lost, a copy of the film was discovered in 2010 in a cache at the New Zealand Film Archive; The sound discs reportedly survive at the US Library of Congress.
Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend: Bug Vaudeville
After eating a cheesecake given to him by a kind-hearted lady, a hobo goes to sleep and has a bizarre dream in which insects are putting on a vaudeville show for him, with a grasshopper juggling an ant, a dancing daddy long-legs, etc.
Gertie on Tour
Windsor McCay's partially lost follow-up to his tremendouly successful Gertie the Dinosaur. Gertie has been brought into the modern world. Continually perplexed by her new surroundings, she begins to explore the new sights. But when she sleeps, she dreams of the way it used to be, in the days when the world was full of dinosaurs like herself.
Kansas City's Spring Clean-up
First properly animated film produced by Laugh-O-Gram Studio, as part of demo reel. Part of the Newman Laugh-O-Grams Series.