Author(s): Nancy McVittie
<i>On Strike</i>, starring the title characters from the newspaper comic strip Mutt and Jeff, is one of more than 300 short subjects featuring the duo released by various companies between 1911 and 1928. This short, released by Fox at the midpoint of its time with the series, centers on Mutt and Jeff’s attempt to break free from their “boss,” cartoonist-animator Bud Fisher, by creating and exhibiting their own “Mutt and Jeff” film. A novel melding of live-action and animated segments, the film is notable for its topical relevance, as well as its humorous depiction of the animated film industry.
Name of Periodical: National Film Preservation Foundation
Year of Publication: 2009