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Little Baker (Lew Cook, ca. 1925)

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Published on Sep 21, 2017

In her essay for the International Animated Film Association (IAFA) on early forms of animation, Rose Bond writes: “Any discussion of the roots of Portland animation must reach back to the 1920’s when a young newsreel filmmaker named Lew Cook created a film with clay characters called “The Little Baker.” Cook’s five minute black and white escapade of a piece of dough coming ’alive’ would serve as inspiration for perhaps the world’s best known clay animator, Will Vinton.”

Later in life, Lew Cook also went on to establish the film archive at the Oregon Historical Society and was responsible for the care and storage of a large percentage of the film collection currently being stored in its vaults.

MI# 09419. Preserved by the National Film Preservation foundation from a 16mm reduction print. Originally produced on 35mm nitrate.

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