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The Humpty Dumpty Circus

The Humpty Dumpty Circus

The Humpty Dumpty Circus (1898) Theatrical Cartoon

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>The Vitagraph Company of America
  • The Vitagraph Company of America
  • Animated Characters: Acrobats, Animals.
  • Originally Released in 1898 (Estimate).
  • Black & White
  • U.S.A.  U.S.A.

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The Guinness Book of Movie Facts and Feats credits this as "the first animated film using the stop-motion technique to give the illusion of movement to inanimate objects." It states that Albert E. Smith conceived the idea, borrowing his young daughter's toy circus and shooting the acrobats and animals in barely changed positions a frame at a time. However, another source quotes James Stuart Blackton as saying that he originated the idea for this film, using his own little daughter's set of toy wooden circus performers and animals!

Silent film.

This film no longer exists- only documentary evidence remains of this film.

Traditional, Hand-drawn Animation.

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