Best Animation Movies of 1923
Colonel Heeza Liar, Detective
Colonel Heeza Liar jumps off the drawing board and into the real world to track down a stolen rooster.
In this one, Farmer Al Falfa and Henry the Cat go down to beach, where Al is singularly unsuccessful in impressing the pretty young ladies.
First, Max, in his pyjamas, gets back up and draws an isolated mountain area and puts Koko on top of a steep mountain. "That will keep you busy for the night," says the real-life somewhat nasty cartoonist to his subject. The cartoon really gets wild from that point with guest appearances from Mutt and Jeff, and other "stars" of the day as Koko experiences one adventure after another from the "Cave Of The Winds" to Goliath chasing him all over.
Felix in Hollywood
A starving actor, reduced to trying his luck in the movies, travels to Hollywood. His cat, Felix, poses as a travel bag and comes along.
The Fable of the Jolly Rounders
An Aesop's Fables cartoon about a hippo who had a few too many to drink, resulting in his wife kicking him out of the house. To win her back, the hippo conjures up a plan to make her jealous.
Instead of Wonderland, Alice visits the Walt Disney animation room.
The Einstein Theory of Relativity
"The Einstein Theory of Relativity" is the short version (587 m) of the lost American long version (1219 m) of Hanns Walter Kornblum's original German feature "Die Grundlagen der Einsteinschen Relativitäts-Theorie" from 1922 that is also lost.
Felix in Fairyland
Felix is reading a book about Fairyland, and decides that it must be a wonderful place to be. Suddenly he hears a cry for help, and finds a fly stuck on a piece of flypaper. He rescues the insect, only to have it turn into a beautiful fairy princess who, in gratitude for his help, grants him one wish. He wishes he were in Fairyland, and is immediately transported there.
Pathé Review: Monsters of the Past
Sculptress Virginia May is seen making a clay model of a tyrannosaurus rex, which is animated using stop motion, and then fights a stop-motion triceratops. Although Miss May's only known relationship with the movies is this particular short, her contemporary, Willis O'Brien and his student Ray Harryhausen certainly made the field a lively one until computer animation caught up in the 1990s -- and arguably their artistry is still unsurpassed. (IMDb)
Felix Gets Broadcasted
Felix spots a fisherman on his way to his fishing spot, and figures he can follow the guy and grab a quick lunch by stealing his catch. Although he successfully nabs a few fish, the angler catches on and finally captures Felix. To get his revenge, he sends Felix through the telephone wires ("broadcasted") to Egypt, and Felix finds out that the Egyptians don't want him there, either.
Felix Goes A-Hunting
A wife throws her husband out of the house, telling him not to return unless he brings her a fur coat. Deciding that the only way he'll get one is to make his own, he grabs his rifle and goes hunting. All his efforts fail, though, until he meets Felix, who offers to help him shoot rabbits, and impresses the man with his marksmanship skills. However, it turns out that shooting the rabbits isn't quite as easy as they thought it would be.
A short film made by Walt Disney in 1923.
In 'Trapped', we see the cartoonist's hands as still photograph cut-outs, manipulated in front of the camera to look like live-action movie footage. The hands sketch a small black dot and ink it in. Then the dot proceeds to bounce across the cartoonist's easel, until the hands finally catch it and unfold it into Ko-Ko the Clown. There's a mouse in Max's studio, and Ko-Ko wants to catch him.
The Fortune Teller
Max and Koko get mixed up with a live action gypsy fortune teller and then caught up with ghosts and monsters in this, as usual, delightful OUT OF THE INKWELL offering.
A combination of live action footage and stop-action animation is utilized to illustrate the theory of evolution.
Felix Tries for Treasure
Felix and his friend little Sammy Johnson are playing baseball when they discover a map that leads to the undersea treasure of Lizzie the Pirate Queen. Building their own submarine, they slip beneath the waves in search of the treasure, and meet up with a variety of undersea creatures, including the most dangerous of all--the loan shark.
Day by Day in Every Way
In a spoof of the 1920s mantra "every day in every way, I'm getting better and better", a cat goes around a farm with a self-help book preaching the mantra to animals with troubles -- a hen that won't lay eggs, a mouse with a plant that won't grow, a rabbit being chased by dogs, three lame mice, a wheelchair-bound monkey -- and cures them. But crotchety old Farmer Al Falfa, who's sick with the flu, rejects the cure -- at first.
Felix the Globe Trotter
Felix goes to Australia.
Felix Laughs Last
Felix has problems with mice.
While young Earl Hurd Jr. is writing the scenario for the latest Bobby Bumps cartoon, the chicken is busy laying eggs. When he finally gets around to directing the cartoon, however, Bobby Bumps balks at the cartoon smoke, which looks more like springs to him.
Felix and the Radio
Felix Fills a Shortage
Felix travels to Banana Island.
Felix the Goat Getter
Felix helps Willie do his chores.
Five Orphans of the Storm
One of Van Beuren Studios' Aesops Fables shorts
The Inkwell Clown goes for a balloon ride. Later, Max's studio is filled with so many balloons that it floats away.
One Hard Pull
A tooth needs pulling out.
The Fable of the Alley Cat
When Al Falfa's house is overrun by mice, he gets a cat to keep them down. All too soon he finds that his mouser may deal with the mice, but now he has other cats coming to serenade her while he is trying to sleep.
The Clown (yet to be named KoKo) holds a contest, offering 100 dollars to whomever can ride “Dynamite” the trick mule for five minutes. Once the crowd discovers the mule is mechanical, however, they chase the Clown in a fury. When they corner him, Max has to step in to stop the chaos.
Colonel Heeza Liar in the African Jungles
The Burglar Alarm
Farmer Alfalfa encounters a disingenuous salesman.
The Walrus Hunters
Farmer Al Falfa goes hunting for walruses in the arctic and runs into the usual troubles.
Felix Calms His Conscience
Felix thinks better of his plan to kill a rival.