Early animation material - Pathe are looking after this for animation expert Ken Clark.
c1924 Clown animation - tinted amber. We see a clown in black baggy suit with white pom-poms doing a little dance. We then see his animator flicking through a pile of papers - it is as if we see the clown animating from the artist point of view as he moves the papers. The clown sticks his tongue out. The animator talks to his pot of ink. Intertitle reads: "Now you go right back to bed." He holds out the can of ink to the clown who shakes his head - he doesn't want to go back in the pot. The animator tries to persuade him and the clown gets a bit cross. He kicks over the pot of ink then jumps off the piece of paper on to the table then off onto the floor. The animator gets down on his hands and knees to try and catch him. The clown jumps into a hole and out into the street. He then jumps down a hole in the road. He falls down a chasm. The animator looks though the hole. As the clown gets deeper, the tint changes to red. The clown gets hot. Clown gets to the bottom where jets of fire come out of holes in the ground. He is in hell presumably. Clown runs around then jumps down another hole. We meet the devil. He smiles and laughs devilishly at the camera. The devil is doing a painting. The clown drops down in front of him. The devil grabs him and drops him into his painting. The devil rubs his hands. The clown runs off. He sits himself in a barber's chair. The barber has little devil horns. The devil spits and his spit turns into a bucket of pitch which he dips a barber's brush into. C/U of the brush dripping pitch. He puts it onto the clowns chin. The clown screams and puffs smoke. The devil barber sharpens his knife on his tail. He shaves the clown then gets two red hot irons and irons his head (!) Barber holds out a mirror for his client. Barber puts his hand out for money. The clown shakes it. Clown walks off and the barber blows a stream of fire at him from his mouth. Clown runs around with a burned bottom. He suddenly changes into a devil clown with horns and a tail.
Continued. Clown runs around trying to grab his own tail. The devil laughs. Clown gets agitated about his horns and tail. He falls down between to devil creatures playing "catch". He is like "piggy in the middle." The clown gets their ball but it is red hot and he burns his hands. He finds a water pump but the water from this is hot too. He sees an "Exit" sign so he takes off his tail and horns and puts his hat back on. A little devil creature with a trident stands in front of the exit blocking his way. He prods the clown with his trident. More of these scary devils appear and chase the clown. The main devil laughs. The clown runs in and out of the picture. The devil puts a paintbrush against the clowns backside and the clown explodes. He flies back up the chasm. Devil creatures follow him. He then emerges back in his animators office. On the animators desk are drawings of the devil creatures. Hundreds of the little devils run all over the desk, jumping around and generally being a bit nutty. The animator turns the pages off his pad and a devil jumps off each page. The pages float off the desk and around the room. The clown jumps up on to the top of the ink pot. We see the animator in a frenzy turning all the pages. The clown jumps into the pot and we see his cosy house inside - a nice bed and standard lamp! Clown puts on his hat and night-dress. Kneels at the foot of his bed and says a little prayer then jumps into bed. Tint is now blue for night-time. C/U of the animators hand screwing the top on the ink pot.
Note: suffering from some kind of blotching - tint not stabilised and some emulsion glazing.
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