YouTube Nickelodeon Part II: Melies’ Contemporaries

YouTube Nickelodeon Part II: Melies’ Contemporaries

In addition to the short films by Melies, we also screened a number of early films by his contemporaries in Europe and America who also pioneered special effects–though many were inspired by Melies and his accomplishments, which they attempted to duplicate. Also featured were early film animations by Emile Cohl and Winsor McCay.  The last film, Dream of a Rarebit Fiend, which we did not have time to show last night, was also inspired by a comic strip by McCay of the same name.

The Haunted Curiosity Shop (Walter Booth for Robert W. Paul, 1901)

The ‘?’ Motorist (Booth/Paul, 1906)

The Dancing Pig (Pathe Freres, 1907)

Princess Nicotine, or The Smoke Fairy (J. Stuart Blackton, 1909)

Fantasmagorie (Emile Cohl, 1908)

How a Mosquito Operates (Winsor McCay, 1912)

Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (Edwin Porter/Wallace McCutcheon, 1906)

From McCay’s original comic strip: