Animated matches playing volleyball and cricket

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A group of matchstick men play a game of volleybal and cricket.

Reason of Choice

It is one of the earliest stop-motion animation. It demonstrates how ordinary items like matches can be used in animation film. Everything can come to life!

Animated matches is part of Film Jewels Part 3: a film compilation about the history of cinema around a theme (in this case 'Animation')


Director: Arthur Melbourne-Couper
Year: 1899
Lenght: 2'
Nation: United Kingdom
Language: No Dialogue
Sound/Silence: Silent'
Genre: Animation

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