Thursday, 28 October 2021

Shadow Monsters

Felix is frightened by strange shadows in Sure-Locked Homes (Released Apr. 15, 1928). There’s no plot in this scene, but lots of imagination.

Educational Pictures was releasing a Felix every two weeks in 1928, and director Otto Messmer’s batting average was pretty good. This short was followed by Eskimotive, then Arab’antics. Other Felixes that year were Futuritzy, Outdoor Indoor (Indore) with attractive line-art backgrounds of India, Astronomeows with its beings on another planet, and Japanicky, with its elaborate settings of the Orient. They’re all worth seeking out on-line (even if they have added soundtracks with endless noise from Felix).

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