Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The 'Teddy' Bears - 1907

Country: United States
Release Date: 2 March 1907 (USA)
Also known as: Teddy Maci (Hungary)
Production Co: Edison Manufacturing Company
Runtime: 13 min (2004 National Film Preservation Foundation print)
Sound Mix: Silent
Color: Black and White (tinted)
Plot Keywords: Bear | Teddy Bear | Goldilocks | Girl | Bed  |  Chase | Escape | Based On Fairy Tale | Snow | Animated Sequence | Cottage | Theodore Roosevelt | Jumping From Height | Spanking | Rescue | Shooting | Breaking And Entering | Stop Motion  | Satire
Genres: Short | Comedy | Family
Seven toy teddy bears of varying sizes suddenly come to life, getting in all sorts of merry misadventures.
A combination of the story of Goldlocks and the Three Bears with the true story of how Teddy Roosevelt spared a bear cub after killing its mother while hunting, an event which led to the popularization of the teddy bear. Goldilocks goes to sleep in the bears' home after watching six teddy bears dance and do acrobatics, viewing them through a knothole in the wall. When she is awoken by the returning bear family, they give chase through the woods, but she runs to the aid of the Old Rough Rider, who saves her. 
One of the 50 films in the 3-disk boxed DVD set called "More Treasures from American Film Archives, 1894-1931" (2004), compiled by the National Film Preservation Foundation from 5 American film archives. This film has a running time of 13 minutes, an added piano music score.and is preserved by the Library of Congress (from the Richard Marshall collection, with supplementary portions).

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