Have you ever asked yourself how talkies work? Well, if you are not familiar with cinema history maybe you don’t know that talkies was the name used for the first sound films. Remember that all earlier films where originally silent, but not really, because most of the time there was someone playing piano or organ during the film exhibition. Anyway, nowadays no one calls movies talkies, but we do say “silent films”.
I have always been fascinated by cinema history and how it works. Now I know about how sound in films work, don’t’ worry. But that doesn’t change my fascination with stuff like the short animation Finding His Voice. This cartoon made in 1929 explains how talkies worked. Yes, worked, because many things changed, starting with the cameras that don’t make as much noise anymore.
Starred by Mute, Talkie and Doc – that explains all the process – , this 10 minutes animation was directed by F. Lyle Goldman and Max Fleischer, and produced by Western Electric Company. If you are not in the mood to watch it now, do it later or download at Internet Archive.
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