The edison military band performed a piece called dream of the rarebit fiend on an edison cylinder edison 9585 in 1907 written by thomas w.
Rarebit fiend. The pet not rated 11min animation short 26 september 1921 usa after eating a rarebit a man has an odd dream in which his wife takes in a strange looking animal that eats everything in sight and keeps growing until it threatens the entire city. The nightmares vary from the slightly off kilter to the maddeningly surreal. Dream of a rarebit fiend usage attribution 30 topics high silents mccay edison this is the earliest version of this story. 78dream of the rarebit fiendgbia0298104a location usa scanner internet archive python library 199 scanningcenter george blood lp.
It was produced by the edison studios about 1908. The fiend faces the spectacular mind bending consequences of his free wheeling rarebit binge. Adapted from winsor mccays films and comics of the period this film follows the established. The piece was likely inspired by porters 1906 film and.
Rarebit fiend set up a formula which mccay was to use in the better known little nemo. Directed by wallace mccutcheon edwin s. For legal reasons he worked under the pen name silas on the comic strip dream of the rarebit fiend. A prolific artist mccays pioneering early animated films far outshone the work of his contemporaries and set a standard followed by walt disney and was an american cartoonist and animator best known for the comic strip little nemo begun 1905 and the animated cartoon gertie the dinosaur.
The rarebit fiend has a habit of eating toasted cheese before going to bed and consistently wakes up from a nightmare at the end of each piece. Dreams of the rarebit fiend. There is a later version of this dream on the archive which features animation by the. Size 100 source 78 usercleaned thomas andreae usermetadataentered brian fritz usertransferred.