Here's a charming silent short. Mickey McBan looks at the moon before going to sleep and wonders what's it like up there. Then he goes to sleep and dreams of his trip to visit the Man in the Moon.
McBan is an engaging child actor, with a quizzical expression and two black-out front teeth. His career as a child actor in movies like PETER PAN ended as he grew up, but he continued to perform in movies for another quarter century.
Other IMDB viewers have commented that this movie looks to be influenced by Melies. As a fancier of that great man's work, I'd like to agree, but between the Beaux Arts settings and a couple of the special effects, I think it shows more clearly the influence of Winsor McCay, the great cartoonist of LITTLE NEMO IN SLUMBERLAND, and Edwin S. Porter. That sequence when Mickey is flying to the Moon looks based on Porter's DREAMS OF A RAREBIT FIEND.... based on another McCay comic strip.
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