The "Teddy" Bears (1907)

Genres - Children's/Family  |   Run Time - 14 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Edwin S. Porter's The "Teddy" Bears was a "novelty" film, using stop-motion animation to tell its story. Seven toy teddy bears of varying sizes suddenly come to life, getting in all sorts of merry misadventures. Always fascinated in the technical end of the moviemaking business, Porter spent seven days, twelve hours per day, to animate the film's main sequence, which ran all of 90 feet. "Bookending" this scene is nine minutes' worth of "live" action concerning the efforts of a human hunter to capture a baby teddy. An enormous success, The "Teddy" Bears remained in circulation as a kiddie-matinee attraction as late as 1914.