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(Review originally written at 30 November 2010)

This movie is definitely the most impressive looking one out of the 'Dream of the Rarebit Fiend' animated movies, by Winsor McCay. It's also the longest one and overall it's just far more detailed and stylized looking.

The movie looks as if it had an entire animating team behind it but it all got hand drawn by Winsor McCay and with help of his son Robert Winsor McCay. This is of course a great accomplishment, especially when you look at how well the movie is looking. Winsor McCay definitely improved his animation techniques, when you compare this to the very first 'Dream of the Rarebit Fiend' movie "Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend: The Pet", which is from the same year.

Unlike the other 'Dream of the Rarebit Fiend', this movie features text balloons, for the characters their dialog. It makes the movie a more involving one to watch and also adds to the movie its pace.

It's a quite imaginative movie, that takes us to all kind of strange and unlikely places, with the flying house and its two inhabitants. Lots of stuff is happening, so boring is the last thing you can call this movie. It's all quite entertaining to watch but above all things the movie remains impressive visually, when you consider its age and time it got done in. Animated movies weren't a mainstream thing exactly in the 1920's and Winsor McCay was truly a pioneer in that area, though not the pioneer he claimed he was, by calling himself the inventor of animated drawing, which just wasn't the truth at all.

A real impressive, early, short animated movie.

8/10

About Frank Veenstra

Watches movies...writes about them...and that's it for now.
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