Dance of the Hours by Amilcare Ponchielli
You may have heard this piece as the K9 Advantix theme song in the 2004 TV commercial with the cute singing puppy, which is a take-off on Alan Sherman's 1963 comedy routine, "Hello muddah, hello fadduh... here I am at Camp Grenada." The music for the dancing ostriches, hippos, elephants and crocodiles in the 1940 Disney animated film "Fantasia." Choreography by Victoria Lyras. Performed in May 2008 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Bolero by Maurice Ravel
A melody repeated 18 times without change. The world's longest musical crescendo, this beautifully seductive piece was the love scene music in the 1979 film "10" with Bo Derek. The music for British figure skating duo Torvill and Dean's perfect gold medal performance at the 1984 Winter Olympics. This is a performance by the orchestra directed by the Dutch violinist and conductor Andre Rieu. (6:57)
Andrew Jackson: Reinventing the Presidency
Video discusses how Jackson fought in the Revolutionary War when he was just thirteen, how Jackson led the American army to the most surprising victory in its history in the Battle of New Orleans, how Jackson was the first great champion of the common white man -- but also "owned" over a hundred black Americans; how Jackson dramatically expanded the United States -- by brutally wresting vast regions of the south from Native Americans; how Jackson, in one of the boldest political strokes in histo
Subordinating Sally Film About Subordinating Conjunctions.
A lesson in subordinating conjunctions presented as a short Film. This is non-speaking film with music in the background and speaking voices shown as text on the bottom of the screen. Coordinating conjunctions are shown in the dialog in the film.
Animal Farm by George Orwell, Part 1 of 8
The Halas and Batchelor production of George Orwell's memorable fable, Animal Farm. Animated feature film in color by Technicolor, 1954. (8:49)
The World of Peter Rabbit And Friends: Beatrix Potter - The Tale of Pigling Bland, Part 1 of 3
Another story in this televised film series begins with a portrayal of Beatrix Potter painting on a hillside, forest creatures around her, and then running home before a rain storm. Potter goes into her cottage, talks to her rabbit, Peter, and reads aloud a story she wrote for a sick child, later published as The Tale of Pigling Bland. The animated video of this story uses Potter's illustrations and is narrated with British accents. Mus
The World of Peter Rabbit And Friends: Beatrix Potter - Tailor of Gloucester, Part 1 of 5
Another installment in this exceptional series. The film with a portrayal of Beatrix Potter listening to children carolers singing in the snow, then moves into an animation of her story, The Tailor of Gloucester. Part 1 of 5 (5:00)
The World of Peter Rabbit And Friends: Beatrix Potter - Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny, Part 1 of 4
The film (part 1 of 4) starts and ends with the series' repeating film portrayal of Beatrix Potter (by an actress) and then moves into the animated story of The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny. Charming for all ages of animal lovers and Potter fans. (6:03)
The World of Peter Rabbit And Friends: Beatrix Potter - The Tale of Two Bad Mice
This installment of the televised film series begins with a portrayal of Beatrix Potter (by an actress) at home, writing a story in a letter to a child, and moves into the animated story, The Tale of Two Bad Mice. (7:19)
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
Animated Storybook- "When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but really loves you, then you become Real." Margery Williams' enchanting story about a toy rabbit will live forever in the annals of children's literature, coming alive through this unforgettable rendition. Told by Meryl Streep, Music by George Winston, Illustrated by David Jorgensen Awards: 1986 Grammy Award Nomination - Best Recording for Children Action For Children's Television (ACT) Award American Fil
History of Animation, Part 2
Part two of this series about the history of animated film starts with the animated film, Felix the Cat.
Krazy Kat goes Wooing
Krazy Kat's serenade outside the window of Ignatz Mouse meets with a barrage of bricks. This video is based on the comic published in the Hearst newspaper in 1916. It was originally filmed on 1 reel of 1 (ca. 70 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm. ref print. This demonstrates film history, silent movies, as well as history of animation.
Gertie the Dinosaur (Winsor McCay, 1914)
This film was the first to use keyframe animation. It is not the first animated film but the first to use a cute personality for the subject. This evolved from chalk talks that McCay used in his vaudville act.
Felix The Cat - Feline Follies - 1919
This is the very first Felix the Cat film, but in this one he is called Master Tom. Master Tom goes on a date and the mice get into all kinds of trouble when Tom is out. This cartoon was one of a series produced by Paramount Magazine to be shown before the feature film.
You're The Animator! game
Early film-style music accompanies this soundless game. You can make a cartoon by selecting animation samples, and then watch your cartoon. Includes links to information and videos on the Library of Congress website about early American cartoon animation.
Snow White, Part 1 of 3
Disney-like animated film, with all the trimmings, of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. This is an adaptation from the Grimms' classic fairy tale, part of the series "Simsala Grimm: The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm." Enchanting introduction shows the story is there for us in the pages of a handsome old book. Part 1 of 3 (9:50)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Part 3 of 3
This is the happy ending of the animated Simsala film, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," adapted from Grimms' fairy tale classic, which is waiting for us inside a handsome book on the bookshelf! Part 3 of 3 (5:19)
Tom Thumb, Part 1 of 2
This live action film, made in 1958, is based on the classic Tom Thumb story from the pen of the Brothers Grimm. Entertaining for all ages, and especially for film history students, the film stars Alan Young and June Thorburn. Peter Sellers plays the part of one of the "villains." Songs by Peggy Lee. Opening credits are shown on the pages of an old-fashioned scrapbook. Male narrator with soothing British accent. Part 1 of 2 (9:15)
Little Red Riding Hood
This short film created by university students is directed at a first grade content standard asking students to "Identify and describe the elements of plot, setting, and characters." The video is esentially a version of the classic "Little Red Riding Hood" with no questions or activities to go with the story. It would work well as a starting point for familiarizing the students with the story and then creating questions that would check their knowledge of story elements.
Cold War: After Stalin (1953-1956) Part 1 of 5
Cold War is a twenty-four episode television documentary series about the Cold War (1945--1989). Jeremy Isaacs produced the 1998 program in a style similar to his previous series, The World at War (1973). Businessman Ted Turner created the series as a joint production between the Turner Broadcasting System and the BBC, originally broadcast on CNN in the U.S. and the BBC Two in the U.K. Kenneth Branagh. It featured interviews with leading political figures and people who witnessed and lived throu