Finding His Voice
An instructional film - 1929
A Western Electric Sound
Run time: 10:48
When sound came to the early silent films, there were a number of different sound reproduction systems in competition with each other. Western Electric had developed a ‘sound-on-film’ process -- where the sound was printed directly onto the film (and therefore synchronized) as opposed to being on a separate disc.
The two stars of this film “Talkie” and “Mutie” are two film strips that explain how sound on moving pictures work. Walter Van Brunt (AKA Walter Scanlon) voiced Mutie and Billy Murray voiced Talkie.
Max Fleischer was one of the directors and writers, and contributed to the animation. This was in keeping with Max’s strong belief that animation was a powerful tool that could be used to explain complex ideas.