"They Thought it was a Marvel": Arthur Melbourne-Cooper (1874-1961) : Pioneer of Puppet Animation

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Amsterdam University Press, 2009 - Art - 576 pages
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Drawing on hitherto unseen archival material and interviews, “They Thought It Was a Marvel” sketches an unforgettable portrait of British pioneer filmmaker Arthur Melbourne-Cooper. Tjitte de Vries and Ati Mul sift through several of Melbourne-Cooper’s films, emphasizing his contributions to early cinema while simultaneously arguing their case that Melbourne-Cooper’s Matches Appeal†is†the first animated film. Accompanying the book is a DVD that features the six surviving animated films made by Melbourne-Cooper.††

 

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Contents

Preface by Donald Crafton
11
Foreword Cooper is Super by BÝrge Ring
19
Introduction
25
A Want of Sanctuaries
33
Everything to Its Own Order
75
Stubborn and Ineradicable
111
Making Miracles Possible
153
An Imaginative Pioneer
197
The Humpty Dumpty Circus 1914
444
The Langford Period 19251940
451
Clifton Chocolates 1926
455
Paddy Flaherty Whiskey 19251930
462
Gladhills Tills 19251930
463
Churchmans Cigarettes 19251930
467
Clean Milk Campaign 1927
469
Moores Bread 19251930
472

Notes on Part One
213
Part Two Filmography
241
Chapter 628 Animation Pictures and Two Inserts
253
The Fairy Godmother 1906
330
258 Professor Bunkums Performing Flea 1907
333
A Dream of Toyland 1907
338
In the Land of Nod 1908
369
The Kaleidoscope 1908
374
Magical Matches 1908
378
Noahs Ark 1909
382
The Toymakers Dream 1910
396
Oxford Street UptoDate 1910
401
The Cats Cup Final 1910
403
Topsys Dream of Toyland 1911
410
Road Hogs in Toyland 1911
412
Sports in Moggyland 1912
423
Ten Little Nigger Boys 1912
427
Old Mother Hubbard 1912
430
Cinderella 1912
432
Larks in Toyland 1913
439
Lively Garden Produce 1914
441
Gladhills Clockingin Clock 19251930
473
Possibles and Improbables
477
Colliers New Invention 1897
482
Toy Shop 1898
484
051 Anatomy Man 19021914
485
Dreamland Adventures 1907
486
Dolls in Dreamland 1907
491
The Little Fairy 1908
492
Kiddies Dream 1910
493
Little Red Riding Hood 19101913
495
054 Animated Putty 1911
496
Notes on Part Two Filmography
513
Appendix 1
521
Appendix 2b Scene Lengths of A Dream of Toyland
529
More than 300 films made by Cooper
537
17 Arthur MelbourneCooper Audio Tapes Plus One
543
Bibliography
553
Archive Material
560
General Index of Part One
569
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Tjitte de Vries is a researcher and journalist. Ati Mul was for many years an archivist at the Holland Animation Society.

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