LE MARIAGE DE BABYLAS (1921)
aka The Marriage of Babylas
Article 5426 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Wladyslaw Starewicz
Featuring Nina Star
What it is: Animated whimsy
A little girl arranges a marriage between two of her dolls (one a baby, the other a monkey), but is forced to go to bed. At midnight, the dolls come to life and deal with the arranged marriage in their own ways.
Here’s another animated work form Starewicz with a partial live-action sequence. It’s a comic piece of animation in which the monkey jilts his initial bride because he’s enamored with a doll lamp whose skirt lights up. It’s not one of his better works, but it’s amusing enough; it’s a bit on the risque side, and part of the fun of being surprised when unexpected characters come to life. I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve seen from Starewicz, and this one is no exception.