Greetings! I am happy to announce something light and fun and guaranteed to brighten your day. Most fans of classic movies enjoy the occasional short film and this blogathon is all about these movies in miniature. I hope you will join me on May 2-4 to celebrate these delightful pictures.
While television shows are noted for telling complicated stories in a limited time frame, short films for movie theaters are pretty much limited to animation outside the indie film circuit. Let’s celebrate a time when shorts were a beloved part of the motion picture experience.
You can pick any short film made from the dawn of film to 1970.
No duplicates, please. However, if someone is writing about a general topic, feel free to take a more specific angle. For example, if a blogger is writing about “The Short Films of Laurel and Hardy” you are more than welcome to write about a specific short starring Stan and Ollie.
Feel free to step out of Hollywood; foreign films are welcomed enthusiastically.
No television, these films need to have been created for the movie theater.
Comedy, drama, live-action, animation, documentary, indie or mainstream… If it tells its tale in the short format, I want it.
How short is short?
Good question. For the purpose of this event, I will arbitrarily say 40 minutes or under.
Sign me up! What do I do?
Tell me your short of choice and I will add you to the roster. Grab and banner and display it with tiny pride. When the blogathon arrives, send me a link to your post and that’s it! Easy.
I will not be assigning days so you may post at any time during the event.
Need help choosing? Some ideas
Classic animation from Disney, Warner Brothers or Fleischer.
Nickelodeon delights from Biograph, Edison or Vitagraph.
Vintage newsreels and public service announcements.
Short comedies from the Big Four (Chaplin, Keaton, Lloyd, Langdon).
A few of my favorites:
Cartoons: What’s Opera Doc?; Popeye the Sailor Meets Sinbad the Sailor; Bewitched Bunny; Solid Serenade; anything with Mighty Mouse
Nickelodeon: The Musketeers of Pig Alley; The Ambassador’s Daughter; The Bangville Police
Foreign Delights: The Cameraman’s Revenge; Bout de Zan Steals an Elephant; The Cabbage-Patch Fairy
Sound Comedy: Brats!; Blotto; Disorder in the Court; Our Gang Follies of 1936
But I still don’t know what to pick!
Give me a date range and I will play Shorts Roulette for you, giving you a title and a link to a random public domain short on archive.org or YouTube.
Movies Silently | Antosha Ruined by a Corset (1916)
Sister Celluloid | The Cook (1918) and newsreel on the Macy’s Parade for MovieTone News
Silver Screenings | Falling Leaves (1912)
Speakeasy | Dough for the Do-Do (1949) and Porky in Wackyland (1938)
Movie Movie Blog Blog | One Week (1920)
Portraits by Jenni | Star in the Night (1945)
Now Voyaging | Troubles of a Grass Widower (1912)
Coolsville | Bubbles (1929) and Every Sunday (1936)
The Hitless Wonder | A Plumbing We Will Go (1940)
nitrateglow | Oh What a Knight (1928) and Ye Olden Days (1933)
Moon in Gemini | La Jetée (1962) and A Trip to the Moon (1902)
A Shroud of Thoughts | The Music Box (1932)
The Movie Rat | Galloping Bungalows (1924)
Carole & Co. | Run, Girl, Run (1928)
MiB’s Instant Headache | Buster Keaton shorts
Century Film Project | The Tramp (1915)
Margaret Perry | The American Creed (1946)
Critica Retro | 10 Silent Shorts to Brighten Your Day
Silver Scenes | Return to Glennascaul (1953)
The Wonderful World of Cinema | The High Sign (1921)
wolffian classic movies digest | Lonesome Ghosts (1937) and A Knight for a Day (1946)
The Stars Are Ageless | Kid Auto Races at Venice (1914)
Silents, Please! | Papà (1915) and Per amore di Jenny (1915)
Caftan Woman | Them Thar Hills (1934) and Tit for Tat (1934)
In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood | The Playhouse (1921)
Cinematic Catharsis | The Luck o’ the Foolish (1924)
Special Purpose Movie Blog | Mechanized houses in Buster Keaton shorts
Girls Do Film | Canned Harmony (1912)
stevielounicks | Double Whoopee (1929)
Silent-ology | His Wife’s Mistake (1916)
Big V Riot Squad | Mabel and Fatty Viewing the World’s Fair at San Francisco (1915)
Mildred’s Fatburgers | Falling Hare (1943) and Little Red Riding Rabbit (1944)
Wide Screen World | Fleischer & Famous Superman cartoons (1941-43)
The Motion Pictures | Happily Buried (1939)
The Stop Button | Hearts of Age (1934)
Forgotten Failures | Spanking Breezes (1926)
The Cinematic Packrat | The films of Georges Melies
Classic Movie Hub | What’s Opera, Doc? (1957)
Le Mot du Cinephiliaque | Les maîtres fous (1955)
Movie FanFare | The Declaration of Independence (1938)