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The Flying House (1921)

by Nicholas Sammond

After eating rarebit at a party, a woman has a dream in which her husband transforms their house into a flying machine to escape foreclosure after issues with their mortgage. They fly the house all around the city (destroying a few things along the way), to the ocean, through a storm and eventually the moon. The man on the moon swats at them with a fly swatter, and just as the couple laments their running out of gas while lost in space, a rocket launched to the moon destructs their home and sends them hurtling through space, when the woman wakes up. The animation features the hand/presence/power of the animator, frequent in early animation, through an intertitle asking the audience to notice the mastery of the animation of space, signed "the management." Also touched upon is the thematic crossover of dreams and animation, calling reality into question.

Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend - The Flying House (1921)

After eating rarebit at a party, a woman has a dream in which her husband transforms their house into a flying machine to escape foreclosure. The house takes them around the city, to the ocean and eventually the moon.

from Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend (1921)
Creator: Winsor McCay
Posted by Nicholas Sammond
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