POCKET BOXERS (1903)
Article 4843 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Walter R. Booth
What it is: Trick short
Two men sitting at a table argue about which boxer is better. To settle the argument, they each pull out their boxer and have them fight on the table top.
This trick short has pretty much one single attraction to it, and that is the spectacle of watching miniature boxers fight on a table top. Still, that’s all this short needs to work. It plays with our expectations well; the acting is solid enough that it is rather startling when the special effects pop in; we aren’t quite expecting them. The short is only a minute and a half long, and it seems just the right length for what it’s trying to do. I quite like this one.