A prolific artist mccays pioneering early animated films far outshone the work of his contemporaries and set a standard followed by walt disney and was an american cartoonist and animator best known for the comic strip little nemo begun 1905 and the animated cartoon gertie the dinosaur.
Rarebit fiend. A large number of the nemo strips used ideas recycled from rarebit fiend such as the october 31 1907 walking bed episode which was used in the july 26 1908. It was produced by the edison studios about 1908. Dreams of the rarebit fiend. Edison 1903 dream of a rarebit fiend.
Rarebit fiend set up a formula which mccay was to use in the better known little nemo. The rarebit fiend has a habit of eating toasted cheese before going to bed and consistently wakes up from a nightmare at the end of each piece. For legal reasons he worked under the pen name silas on the comic strip dream of the rarebit fiend. The fiend faces the spectacular mind bending consequences of his free wheeling rarebit binge.
The nightmares vary from the slightly off kilter to the maddeningly surreal. The pet not rated 11min animation short 26 september 1921 usa after eating a rarebit a man has an odd dream in which his wife takes in a strange looking animal that eats everything in sight and keeps growing until it threatens the entire city. The fiend was played by john p. Size 100 source 78 usercleaned thomas andreae usermetadataentered brian fritz usertransferred.
There is a later version of this dream on the archive which features animation by the. Dream of a rarebit fiend usage attribution 30 topics high silents mccay edison this is the earliest version of this story. Adapted from winsor mccays films and comics of the period this film follows the established. Directed by wallace mccutcheon edwin s.