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Cartoon Rarities of the 1920s

A collection of hilarious animated shorts from the early days of Hollywood.
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  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 19 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
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  • Originally Released: 1917
  • Label: Alpha Video

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TANKS (1917): The earliest cartoon on this collection, created by animation pioneer and inventor of the 'cell system,' Earl Hurd.

KO-KO IN TOYLAND (1925): A great "Out Of The Inkwell" cartoon from the Fleischer Studios. The Fleischers inked many of the characters in these films on paper, and overlaid backgrounds painted on animation cells.

MY OLD KENTUCKY HOME (1926): Quite possibly the first 'sound cartoon,' produced by the Fleischer studio.

A LAD AND HIS LAMP (1929): Another Van Beuren Aesop's Fables cartoon with a soundtrack added in the late 1940s.

KNIGHTHOOD (1927): A rare cartoon produced by the Bray studio, directed by Walter Lantz. Colonel Heeza Liar is one of the earliest cartoon characters, dating back to 1913.

MECHANICAL COW (1927): An "Oswald The Lucky Rabbit" cartoon from the Walt Disney Studio. Although the studio created the character, producer Charles Mintz pulled the series from Disney, prompting the studio to create Mickey Mouse.

ROMEOW (1928, 1930): Pat Sullivan Studios created Felix The Cat, the most popular cartoon character of the 1920s. Although Sullivan's name was at the forefront of all publicity, Otto Mesmer and a small crew of animators were the true masterminds behind these films.

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, utilizing his 'Phonofilm' optical sound system to produce these films, made well before Disney's first sound cartoon, "Steamboat Willie" (1928).

FOUR MUSICIANS OF BREMEN (1923): One of the first Disney cartoon shorts, produced by his newly formed 'Laugh O' Grams' studio.

ALICE RATTLED BY RATS (1925): An entry in the Alice In Cartoonland series, also by Disney, featuring live action actress Margie Gay in a cartoon world. The series ran through 1927.

RED HOT RAILS (1926): A Life cartoon comedy by John McCrory. McCrory produced this series through the late 1920s.

THE HUNT (1927): Starring Dinky Doodle, this short series was created by Walter Lantz while at the Bray Studio, before starting his own studio in 1929.

ONE MAN DOG (1927): A really strange Aesop's Fables cartoon, produced by Van Beuren and Paul Terry.

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