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Attractions and Narrative

by Kate Fortmueller

The "Teddy" Bears is a good example of how attractions were woven into early narrative. In The "Teddy" Bears, there is a sequence of stop motion animation (when Goldilocks peers into the keyhole) that disrupts the development of the narrative. Ultimately this film has a different ending than the familiar childhood tale. Rather than positioning Goldilocks as the invader who is punished for her actions, she is able to find someone to help her take over the Bears' house. Teddy Roosevelt kills the parents. At the end of the film young Goldilocks takes the toy bears as Teddy Roosevelt puts Baby Bear on a leash.

The "Teddy" Bears (1907)

The "Teddy" Bears recounts the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, but this short film turns violent at the end as Teddy Roosevelt shoots Mama Bear and Papa Bear.

from The "Teddy" Bears (1907)
Creator: Edwin S. Porter and Wallace McCutcheon
Distributor: Kino Video
Posted by Kate Fortmueller