The Moving Dreams of a Rarebit Fiend September 10, 2007 9:03 PMSubscribe
In 1921 comic strip artist WindsorMcCay lay claim to the illustrious title Inventor of Animated Drawing on the title cards of his hand-drawn moving versions of Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend. Here are three of the delightful and funny animations: The Pet The Flying House Bug Vaudeville
If anyone can locate and link to the first of these animated pieces, simply called Dream of a Rarebit Fiend, I'd be much obliged.
Also of note is this 6-minute live action version of Dream of a Rarebit Fiend, directed by Edwin S. Porter (a man worthy of his own MeFi post, to be sure) in 1906. This short uses a radically innovative trick photography technique developed by Georges Méliès. Here's another (slightly longer) version of it set to a loopy Loony Tunes score.