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Tops (1969) by Charles and Ray Eames

Charles Eames was quoted to have said, "Toys are not really as innocent as they look. Toys and games are the preludes to serious ideas." He and his wife Ray, both iconic designers, seemed to take this play-based appro...

National Film Board of Canada: How to Build an Igloo (1949)

Drawing from a lifetime of snow experience, two Inuit men in Canada’s Far North find a site full of hard-packed snow for their igloo, or iglu in Inuit. To insulate and protect against wind and cold, a quick, overnight...

The Mills Brothers: Swing It, Sister (1934)

Donald Mills, Harry Mills, Herbert Mills, and John Mills: The Mills Brothers perform Swing It, Sister in the 1934 film Strictly Dynamite. Note the excellent mouth trumpet action, a jazz-era vocal technique that ...

Musicless Musicvideo: Singin’ in the Rain (without singing)

Before you click play on the video above, make sure that you've first seen this classic Gene Kelly performance from Singin' in the Rain, one of our favorites. Seen it? Now please enjoy one of Mario Wienerroither's...

Georges Méliès: L’homme à la tête de caoutchouc (1901)

L'Homme à la tête de Caoutchouc (The Man With The Rubber Head) was directed by film pioneer Georges Méliès in 1901. The special effects might not look surprising now, but the superimposition and scale change film ...

Animated Hair Cartoon, No. 18 (1925)

From the UCLA Film & Television Archive, this is Animated Hair Cartoon, No.18 (1925), from Max Fleischer's Red Seal Pictures. Beyond it being fun to watch one face change into another, these images also come together ...

Charlie Chaplin in the lion’s cage: The Circus (1928)

In this scene from The Circus (1928), a Charlie Chaplin classic film and now a favorite in our house, Charlie gets trapped in a lion's cage. It required around 200 takes with a real lion, and is one in a series of sil...

Georges Méliès: Le voyage dans la lune (A Trip to the Moon)

Le voyage dans la lune (A Trip to the Moon), the landmark silent film directed by prolific filmmaker Georges Méliès in 1902. And if this video disappears, you can watch it on Amazon. From Wikipedia: ...

Let It Go performed with wine glasses, pots and pans

This cover is the bridge between a popular animated film (that you may have heard of) and music made with “instruments” found in the kitchen – one of our favorite DIY activities. Th...

Fred Astaire’s famous dance scene in Royal Wedding (1951)

Hang on to your chairs and lamps. This is You’re All the World to Me, Fred Astaire’s famous 1951 dance scene in Royal Wedding. How did he do it? We’re keeping that under wraps at...

Charlie Chaplin’s dinner roll dance from The Gold Rush (1925)

This is Charlie Chaplin performing one of the most memorable moments in film history: the dinner roll dance, or table ballet, from the silent comedy classic The Gold Rush (1925).

Kermit the Frog – The Rainbow Connection

Kermit the Frog sings The Rainbow Connection in The Muppet Movie. It was nominated for Best Song at the 1979 Academy Awards. There are more rainbows in the archives, as well as these two video gems: Jim Henson maki...

Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers in Hellzapoppin’ (1941)

From 1941’s Hellzapoppin’, watch this phenomenal performance by Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, the Savoy Ballroom's supreme swing dance group founded in 1935 by Herbert “Whitey” White. This cl...

Re:Rosas, the trailer: A global dance community is formed

In June 2013, Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker invited children and adults from all over the world to perform a section of her dance work from Rosas Danst Rosas. The above vid...

Donald O’Connor performs Make ‘Em Laugh

One of the many classic scenes in Singin’ in the Rain (1952), the brilliant Donald O’Connor performs Make ‘Em Laugh.Follow it up with these two: Gene Kelly singin’ and dancin’ in the rain, an...

Zoo (1961) by Bert Haanstra

Zoo (1961), filmed at Artis Royal Zoo in Amsterdam by Dutch documentary film maker Bert Haanstra. But whom are we really watching here? More excellent Haanstra: Glas. Updated video link.

Fred Astaire: Nice Work If You Can Get It

Fred Astaire plays (and dances to) Nice Work If You Can Get It in an iconic scene from 1937’s A Damsel in Distress. This was shot in one continuous take. There are more classics and dancing in the archives. Th...

Chico Marx plays the piano (and an apple)

Chico Marx plays the piano (and an apple) for his brother Harpo in this 1940 clip from the film Go West. There are more classic clips and more Marx Brothers in the archives. 

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