Dolls Replace Drawings in Film Cartoon (Jun, 1938)

It’s amazing how much those pictures look like frames from early computer rendered 3D movies.

Dolls Replace Drawings in Film Cartoon

THOUSANDS of carved wooden dolls give a three-dimensional effect to a new type of animated-cartoon film developed by George Pal, Hungarian photographic expert. Instead of using pictures drawn and photographed in sequence to provide movement, the new cartoon-film technique employs numerous doll figures carved and painted to represent the various movements and facial expressions of a single cartoon character. As many as thirty different carvings of one figure may be photographed in sequence for one simple change in a facial expression.

4 comments
  1. Casandro says: April 12, 200712:58 am

    I have that film! It’s part of a commercial for Phillips radios.

    http://casandro.dyndns….

  2. J Myint says: September 11, 20071:10 pm

    George Pal went on to create what we now know as the big budget special effects movie.

    http://www.imdb.com/nam…

  3. Anonymous says: December 5, 20074:31 am

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  4. albert Maly-Motta says: July 20, 20095:43 am

    This is what became known as the PUPPETOONS, and the George Pal studio became a training ground for some famous animators like Ray Harryhausen. Puppet master BOB BAKER from Los Angeles who still runs the Bob Baker marionette theater also was an animator at the puppetoon studio. George PAL later made the first film of George Wells Story THE TIME MACHINE.

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