IMDb > A Fantasy (1908)

A Fantasy (1908) More at IMDbPro »Fantasmagorie (original title)

Photos (See all 2 | slideshow)


User Rating:
6.9/10   1,413 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
Down 15% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
View company contact information for A Fantasy on IMDbPro.
The first all-animated film in history, a series of scenes without much narrative structure, but morphing into each other. | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Don't judge this too harshly--it's a milestone in animation See more (12 total) »

Directed by
Émile Cohl 

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Fantasmagorie" - France (original title)
"Black and White" - International (English title)
"Metamorphosis" - International (English title)
See more »
2 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

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 »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Animated Century (2003) (TV)See more »


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
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.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (12 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for A Fantasy (1908)


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
The Holy Mountain Stardust Eats Are West Cartoons on Tour Ran
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Company credits External reviews News articles
IMDb Animation section IMDb France section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.