The Info List - The Humpty Dumpty Circus

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The Humpty Dumpty Circus was an animated short film made by director and producer J. Stuart Blackton and Albert E. Smith, the Anglo-American founders of Vitagraph Studios. The short has been thought to have been the first film to use the stop-motion technique, based on an estimated release date of 1897 or 1898.[2][3] The film featured a circus with acrobats and animals in motion. According to Smith, they used his daughter's set of small circus dolls, which had jointed limbs so they could be balanced in place.[4] This toy set was most likely the very popular Humty Dumpty Circus produced by Schoenhut Piano Company between 1903 and 1930.[5] The film is lost. Images that have been thought to be stills from the film may as well be pictures of the popular toy set. Another stop motion film with animated dolls called The Humpty Dumpty Circus was released in October 1914.[6] It was made by stop motion pioneer Arthur Melbourne-Cooper.[7] References[edit]

^ The Humpty Dumpty Circus on IMDb ^ Ken A. Priebe, The Art of Stop-Motion Animation, Boston, Massachusetts: Thomson Course Technology PTR, 2007, ISBN 9781598632453, p. 9 ^ Nichola Dobson, The A to Z of Animation and Cartoons, Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow, 2009, ISBN 9780810876231, p. xxiv ^ Paul Wells, Understanding Animation, London/New York: Routledge, 1998, ISBN 9780415115964, n.p. ^ http://www.schoenhutcollectorsclub.org/ ^ The Humpty Dumpty Circus on IMDb ^ https://books.google.nl/books?id=6nWBD_raPKoC&lpg=PA449&ots=gie5_agCj9&dq=cooper%20%22humpty%20dumpty%20circus%22&pg=PA449#v=onepage&q=cooper%20%22humpty%20dumpty%20circus%22&f=false

External links[edit]

The Humpty Dumpty Circus on IMDb Information on bcdb.com Albert E. Smith & J. Stuart Blackton, The Humpty Dumpty Circus (1898)

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Films directed by J. Stuart Blackton

The Enchanted Drawing (1905) Adventures of Sherlock Holmes; or, Held for Ransom (1906) Humorous Phases of Funny Faces (1906) The Automobile Thieves (1906) A Curious Dream (1907) The Thieving Hand (1908) Macbeth (1908) Romeo and Juliet (1908) The Humpty Dumpty Circus (1908) Antony and Cleopatra (1908) Oliver Twist (1909) Princess Nicotine; or, The Smoke Fairy (1909) Les Misérables (1909) A Midsummer Night's Dream (1909) The Battle Cry of Peace (1915) The Judgement House (1917) Life's Greatest Problem (1918) The World for Sale (1918) The Common Cause (1919) The Glorious Adventure (1922) The Virgin Queen (1923) On the Banks of the Wabash (1923) Between Friends (1924) Let Not Man Put Asunder (1924) The Happy Warrior (1925) Bride of the Storm (1926) Hell-Bent for Heaven (1926) The Gilded Highway (1926) The Passionate Quest (1926) The American (1927)

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