July 29, 2011 § 2 Comments
An addition to the still ongoing series on words on the image theme we have here at flycz: the cartoon version. This is an example from Bobby Bumps, the 1916-1919 cartoon series from Bray studios (thanks to the Bray Animation Project) :
A simple solution to the inter-title problem, in line with other cartoon-based methods of commenting and orienting the action on screen used widely at the time — I’m thinking of the question or exclamation marks so frequent in more famous Felix the Cat series, or the literal eye-line used also in this same Bobby Bumps :
What’s odd is that earlier in that Bobby Bumps usual inter-titles are indeed used :
Does this incoherence reflect an ambiguous positioning of American cinema’s aesthetics circa the late 1910s as regards the inter-title issue and the whole question of allowing words to appear on the image ? Not that words on the image disappear later in the 1920s either, as we’ve started to document on this website (see here for a live-action example, there for another, later, cartoon example).
December 4, 2008 § Leave a comment
Rather today, cartoon for the day
The chief impression I received last night was that Mr. Ingram has become neurotic, and is ridding himself of some of his inhibitions. The direction seemed totally uninspired and old fashioned.
Alice Terry and Antonio Moreno appeared passionless; the spectator could not feel sorry for them and their sorrows.
(Anabel Lane, The Film Mercury, 10 sept. 1926)
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