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A Pencil and Alick P.F. Ritchie
A Pencil and Alick P.F. Ritchie

A Pencil and Alick P.F. Ritchie 1915


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A Pencil and Alick P.F. Ritchie 1915

7 mins United Kingdom

Behold the wonder of the magic pencil! OK, the special effects are more Thunderbirds than Gravity, but the real delight of this film is the fluid line of an artist with a gift for the comic, caricature portrait. Yes, you can see the faint guidelines that his lightning sketches follow, and the actual animation is limited. But the detail and character achieved mainly with thick chalk is astonishing.

Alick P.F. Ritchie was a Scottish-born commercial artist and cartoonist whose work frequently appeared in Vanity Fair, as well as on posters and cigarette cards. The 'chalk-talk' was a popular music hall act and Ritchie seems a familiar performer in the form. Here he explores the potential of stop-motion animation to develop the chalk-talk, though Ritchie only seems to have dabbled in filmmaking, with a short-lived series, Alick Ritchie's Frightful Sketches, the same year.


Alick P.F. Ritchie


Animation & Artists Moving Image


Wilhelm II, Kaiser of Germany (1859-1941) World War I French, John Denton Pinkstone (1852-1925) Turkey


1915 on Film




United Kingdom



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