The Tired Tailor’s Dream (1907)

Article 4837 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 5-31-2015
Directed by Joseph A. Golden
Cast unknown
Country: USA
What it is: Stop-motion short

A tired tailor takes a nap and dreams that a ruffian threatens his life if he doesn’t make him a suit in record time. Magically, the tailor’s tools build the suit of their own accord.

I guessed from the title that this was going to be about clothes being made without the tailor’s direct involvement, and sure enough, that’s what we have here. There’s extensive stop-motion animation at work here, and it’s quite well done. It is, however, a little on the dull side; even in stop motion, watching an entire suit being cut out, sewn, and ironed doesn’t make for gripping cinema. A little variety is added when the ruffian returns and is fitted by the same stop-motion method by which the suit was made. This is one of those shorts where you’re more likely to admire the craft that went into making it than to enjoy the results.

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