One of my prize purchases features a favorite comedian, Billy Gilbert, doing his trademark sneeze. I never thought about it being part of a larger series, which is simply dumb on my part: it was issued by Topps (the bubble-gum card people) under the name Flip-O-Vision, and this is the series that Drew Friedman chronicles in his recent blog post. Click HERE.
Flip books are still part of our culture. Warner Bros. used this venerable medium to promote its cutting-edge movie The Matrix in 1999, and there are delightful flips of the early Pixar features. In the 1960s and 70s animation festivals in France and Canada commissioned contemporary animators to create new, limited-edition flip books, which are highly prized. (An aged but still agile Otto Messmer even devised a cute piece of animation with Felix the Cat, the character he started drawing in the 1920s.) In recent years I’ve bought scenes from classic Disney movies, Tex Avery animation, and even retro releases of scenes with Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe. It’s easy to find reproductions of early genre pieces including at least one with Charlie Chaplin.
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