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The Automatic Moving Company (1910)

Mobilier fidèle (original title)
A man forced to sell his possessions to pay off debts is astounded when his furniture finds its way back of its own accord.

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A man forced to sell his possessions to pay off debts is astounded when his furniture finds its way back of its own accord.

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7 May 1912 (USA)  »

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La compañía de mudanzas automática  »

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Released in the US as a split reel along with the documentary Palace and Fountains of Versailles (1912). See more »

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The Automatic Moving Company or Mobilier fidele was a fascinating early look at stop-motion
17 July 2009 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

In the printed intro to this short stop-motion film in the DVD collection "Saved from the Flames", it mentions that historian Donald Crafton claimed that Romeo Bosetti was responsible for The Automatic Moving Company and it was made in 1911. However, it also mentions Emile Cohl's short with the above title and the 1910 date. It then said that both Cohl and Bosetti worked for Pathe in '11 and occasionally collaborated. So maybe they both worked on this. Anyway, this was a fascinating early look at stop-motion animation as we see furniture after furniture move by themselves to a new home with no help from any humans. Quite a piece of work by whoever made this. By the way, I watched an earlier version of this kind of technique called El Hotel Electrico by Segundo do Chomon when I saw it on YouTube a couple of years ago. Anyway, I highly recommend Mobilier fidele or The Automatic Moving Company.


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