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The Automatic Motorist
The Automatic Motorist

The Automatic Motorist 1911

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The Automatic Motorist 1911

6 mins United Kingdom

A bride, a motorcar, a robot chauffeur and a policeman – what could possibly go wrong? Fantasy and ‘trick’ film pioneer W.R. Booth uses cut-out animation and models to create a truly out-of-this-world sci-fi adventure. The mad-cap plot sees a newlywed couple transported from a country lane to outer-space (via St Paul’s Cathedral), where the policeman encounters some pretty feisty Saturnians...

W.R. Booth was a stage magician turned filmmaker, whose hand-drawing techniques pointed the way towards animated cartoons. His taste for fantastical imagery and Jules Verne-style journeys echoes the work of fellow illusionist Georges Méliès: the grinning moon in The Automatic Motorist is a definite nod to Méliès’ A Trip to the Moon (1902).

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Genres

Science Fiction Comedy Trick film Fantasy

Tags

Underwater Chauffeurs Saturn Automata Motor cars

Collection

Contact! WTF - A Box of Odd

Released

1911

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

Production company

Kineto

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