Michael Delahoyde, PhD

Professor of English

Adam Raises Cain

ADAM RAISES CAIN (1919/1920)

Summary: Tony Sarg used three-dimensional puppets in silhouette. Despitethe title, the story is not set in prehistoric times as mightbe expected. Instead the family seems rather hillbilly, but afriendly dinosaur makes a few appearances among a hodgepodge ofincidents surrounding the need to entertain a baby: first, thedinosaur brings the baby home and receives a reward–unidentifiablefood which we see travelling down its long esophagus; and later,during a visit to a zoo, the dinosaur allows people to use itsneck as a slide [long before The Flintstones].