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LGM Film Club, Part 47: Dream of a Rarebit Fiend, Animated Edition

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We’ve talked about the classic early lunatic 1906 film Dream of a Rarebit Fiend earlier in this series. Well, the basis for this was the cartoonist Windsor McCay who started a strip on people eating rarebit and having dreams. There were actually several movies then made based on the idea. This is the 1921 animated version, made by McCay, also known as The Flying House.

This is more of interest than an outright classic like the 1906 version. Early film animation is always worth a watch. And some of this is interesting–though the film could probably due without the fourth wall breaking title card telling the audience how awesome the animation is. And the story is actually pretty basic–instead of insanity, it’s a dream of a house that flies away in order to avoid the eviction of the residents. Certainly that was a more realistic dream, but not quite the great art of the older edition.

Sincerely,

George H. Profiteer.

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