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The first all-animated film in history, a series of scenes without much narrative structure, but morphing into each other. | Add synopsis »
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Émile Cohl 
 

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Also Known As:
"Fantasmagorie" - France (original title)
"Black and White" - International (English title)
"Metamorphosis" - International (English title)
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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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Don't judge this too harshly--it's a milestone in animation, 12 October 2008
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

If you are a lover of the history of cinema, then FANTASMAGORIE is an absolute must--particularly if you are interested in animation. That's because this short little film is the first animated film and considering everything, it's a darn good one.

Instead of the usual structure, style and narrative, this film is rather unique and free-flowing. A series of drawings morph and change with no apparent rhyme or reason. In many ways, it's more like a work of art than a traditional cartoon and it's all done in black and white.

It must have taken a very, very long time to make and for 1908, it's an incredible little film. Sure, films made just a few years later would make this seem obsolete, but given the context, it's a grand little film.

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