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A Fantasy (1908)
"Fantasmagorie" (original title)

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The first all-animated film in history, a series of scenes without much narrative structure, but morphing into each other.

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The first all-animated film in history, a series of scenes without much narrative structure, but morphing into each other.

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To make this film, Cohl placed each drawing on an illuminated glass plate and then traced the next drawing-with variations-on top of it until he had some 700 drawings. In 1908, chalkboard caricaturists were common vaudeville attractions and the characters in the film look as though they've been drawn on a chalkboard, but it's an illusion. By filming black lines on paper and then printing in negative Cohl makes his animations appear to be chalk drawings. See more »

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Fantasmagorie is a fascinating early animation short of chalk drawings
11 June 2007 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Emile Cohl's Fantasmagorie is perhaps one of the earliest film depictions of animation, in this case it's chalk drawings on a black board morphing from one scene to another without any real connection except for the way lines keep moving to any shape or form Cohl can think of. And it all happens in the space of two minutes! So, historically, this is one of the most fascinating animated shorts ever. Audiences might have been even more awestruck then than we would be now what with all the improvements that have happened in the nearly one hundred years since then. So for all of the above reasons, this short gets a 10.


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