DirectorJ. Stuart Blackton ProducerJ. Stuart Blackton Duration LanguageSilent
CastJ. Stuart Blackton Release dateApril 6, 1906 (1906-04-06) GenresAnimation, Short Film, Silent film, Comedy, Family Similar moviesPacific Rim, Paperman, The Artist, Get a Horse!, Feast, Elmer Elephant
Humorous phases of funny faces 1906 j stuart blackton animated cartoon silent
Humorous Phases of Funny Faces is a 1906 short silent animated cartoon directed by James Stuart Blackton and generally regarded by film historians as the first animated film recorded on standard picture film.
In the cartoon, animated hand-drawn scenes appear on a chalkboard, such as a clown playing with a hat and a dog jumping through a hoop. In the beginning, though, the cartoonist's hands are included, too, as he draws the first several lines on the chalkboard in standard live action. From there, the stop-motion technique is used to show what appears to be drawings completing—and then moving—by themselves with no artist on screen.
Stop-motion as well as cutout animation are used, just as Edwin Porter moved his letters in How Jones Lost His Roll, and The Whole Dam Family and the Dam Dog. However, there is a very short section of the film where things are made to appear to move by altering the drawings themselves from frame to frame.