The Enchanted Drawing

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The Enchanted Drawing
The entire film
Produced byVitagraph Studios
Thomas Edison
StarringJ. Stuart Blackton
Distributed byEdison Studios
Release date
  • November 16, 1900 (1900-11-16)
Running time
1 minute 30 seconds
CountryUnited States
LanguagesSilent film
English intertitles

The Enchanted Drawing is a 1900 silent film directed by J. Stuart Blackton. It is best known for containing the first animated sequences recorded on standard picture film, which has led Blackton to be considered the father of American animation.[1][2]


The film shows a man drawing a cartoon face on an easel. He draws a bottle of wine and a glass, then takes them off the paper and has a drink. He then gives the cartoon face a drink of wine, and the face breaks into a broad smile. He then draws a hat on the face's head, removes it, and puts it on. Next a cigar appears in the face's mouth, and the man removes it to the face's unhappiness. He then places all of the objects back into the image, and the face's eyes and grin grow wider in appreciation.[1]


It is a combination of a silent film and stop motion animation.[1]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Lente, Fred Van (2020-12-09). Comic Book History of Animation #1. IDW Publishing.
  2. Cámara, Sergi (2006). All about Techniques in Drawing for Animation Production. Barron's. ISBN 978-0-7641-5919-0.

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