Cloth w/ DVD $60.50 ISBN: 9789085550167 Published July 2010 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

"They Thought It Was a Marvel"

Arthur Melbourne-Cooper (1874-1961), Pioneer of Puppet Animation

Tjitte De Vries and Ati Mul

Tjitte De Vries and Ati Mul

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

576 pages | 32 color plates, 74 halftones, 1 DVD | 6 3/10 x 9 1/2 | © 2009
Cloth w/ DVD $60.50 ISBN: 9789085550167 Published July 2010 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

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.  

Anthony Slide, author of Incorrect Entertainment

“This book makes the reader sit up and realize that this is not going to be just another boring academic text. . . . Because of the unusual interest of both authors on the subject, the study is way over and above that of any other academic writing on the subject.”

Contents

Preface by Donald Crafton

Foreword ‘Cooper is Super’ by Børge Ring

Acknowledgements

Introduction

 

Part One – “Preparing Something Wonderful”

 

Chapter 1 – A Want of Sanctuaries

Chapter 2 – Everything to Its Own Order

Chapter 3 – Stubborn and Ineradicable

Chapter 4 – Making Miracles Possible

Chapter 5 – An Imaginative Pioneer

Notes on Part One

 

Part Two – Filmography

“Picture by picture, movement by movement”

 

36 Animation Pictures by Arthur Melbourne-Cooper

How to Use the Filmography

Chapter 6 – 28 Animation Pictures and Two Inserts

1. Keen’s Mustard (1896)
2. Bird’s Custard (1897)
3. The Magic Apple (1898?)
4. Animated Matches Playing Volleyball (1899)
5. Animated Matches Playing Cricket (1899)
6. Matches Appeal (1899)
7. Dolly’s Toys (1901)

(454.) Cheese Mites (1902)

8. A Boy’s Dream (1903)
9. The Enchanted Toymaker (1904)
10. Doings in Dolly Land (1905)
11. The Fairy Godmother (1906)

(258.) Professor Bunkum’s Performing Flea (1907)

12. A Dream of Toyland (1907)
13. In the Land of Nod (1908)
14. The Kaleidoscope (1908)
15. Magical Matches (1908)
16. Noah’s Ark (1909)
17. The Toymaker’s Dream (1910)
18. Oxford Street Up-to-Date (1910)
19. That Cats’ Cup Final (1910)
20. Topsy’s Dream of Toyland (1911)
21. Road Hogs in Toyland (1911)
22. Sports in Moggyland (1912)
23. Ten Little Nigger Boys (1912)
24. Old Mother Hubbard (1912)
25. Cinderella (1912)
26. Larks in Toyland (1913)
27. Lively Garden Produce (1914)
28. The Humpty Dumpty Circus (1914)

 

Chapter 7 – The Langford Period 1925-1940

Eight Cinema Advertisements

29. Swiss Rolls (1925)
30. Clifton Chocolates (1926)
31. Paddy Flaherty Whiskey (1925-1930)
32. Gladhill’s Tills (1925-1930)
33. Churchman’s Cigarettes (1925-1930)
34. Clean Milk Campaign (1927)
35. Moores Bread (1925-1930)
36. Gladhill’s Clocking-in Clock (1925-1930)

 

Chapter 8 – Possibles and (Im)probables

(277.) Rival Cyclists or: Flues’s Tyres (1897)

(242.) Collier’s Tyres or: Collier’s New Invention (1897)

Toy Shop (1898)

(051.) Anatomy Man (1902-1914)

Dreamland Adventures (1907)

Dolls in Dreamland (1907)

The Little Fairy (1908)

Kiddies Dream (1910)

Little Red Riding Hood (1910-1913)

(054.) Animated Putty (1911)

Tragedy in Toyland (1911)

(158.) The Land of Nursery Rhymes (1912)

The Wooden Athletes (1912)

(052.) Sports in Toyland (1914)

(056.) Humpty Dumpty R. A. (1915)

(057.) Quality Street (1936?)

Notes on Part Two – Filmography

 

Appendices

Appendix 1

Appendix 2a – A Dream of Toyland: Analysis

Appendix 2b – Scene Lengths of a Dream of Toyland

Appendix 2c – Animation Sessions in 8 Possible Day Periods

Appendix 3 – More than 300 films made by Cooper

Appendix 4 – 17 Arthur Melbourne-Cooper Audio Tapes Plus One

 

Bibliography

Account of Sources

37. Publications
38. Cinematography – Animation
39. Cinematography – Relevant Sources
40. Cinematography – Gifford
41. Literature – Anglo-Boer War
42. Literature – Related Subjects
43. Cinematography – General

Archive Material

44. Documentation
45. Recorded Interviews
46. Contemporary Sources & Archive Catalogues
47. Unpublished Manuscripts

Photo Credits

 

List of All Animation Film Titles in Part Two – Filmography

General Index of Part One

Index of Film Titles

Index of Names and Affairs

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