All Classic Video - Joys and Glooms (1921) - Silent Cartoon
Joys and Glooms (1921) - Silent Cartoon
Thomas E. Powers (1870-1937) was one of the most popular cartoonists of the early 20th Century. Beloved by U.S. presidents for his editorial cartoons, he was one of the earliest to draw a color
newspaper comic strip. One of the trademarks of his print cartoons was the appearance of several little elves, seen along the borders and on the sides of the panels, labeled “Joys” and “Glooms.” "Glooms"
were dour imps with black beards, and the round-shaped "Joys" always wore happy grins. If optimism was in order, "Joy" chased "Gloom," and vice versa. The shorts based on Powers’ comics were just as innovative as his print panels. This film, Her Minute (1921), proves that over eighty years later, some habits and attitudes never change. Animator John Terry (Paul’s brother) makes creative use of the screen
by dividing it into sections and using black screens that provide humorous commentary or indicate the
characters’ inner feelings to the audience. The “Joys and Glooms” were a regular component in Hearst’s International Newsreel, distributed to theatres in the 1920s by Universal Pictures.