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The Puppet's Nightmare (1908)

Le cauchemar de Fantoche (original title)
Not Rated | | Animation, Short | 16 October 1908 (USA)
The nightmare of Émile Cohl's chalk animation is one of unreliable appearances. Fishermen catch fish which eat them whole. Ladders transform into coils which just as suddenly take the form ... See full summary »

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Émile Cohl
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The nightmare of Émile Cohl's chalk animation is one of unreliable appearances. Fishermen catch fish which eat them whole. Ladders transform into coils which just as suddenly take the form of angry mustachioed soldiers. The human figure at the receiving end of these transmogrifications is subject to all manner of degradations. Genuinely unsettling, THE PUPPET'S NIGHTMARE anticipates Don Hertzfeldt's stick-figure fantasias by a century.

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Animation | Short

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

16 October 1908 (USA) See more »

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The Puppet's Nightmare See more »

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A Brief Oddity
23 August 2010 | by JoeytheBritSee all my reviews

The simplicity of Le cauchemar de Fantoche gives it a kind of timelessness that is unique for a film so old (for any film in fact - ones that once seemed fresh and original can quickly becomes dated). It consists of a series of sketches drawn in white line on a black background, and the stream of consciousness format of the unfolding images also lends it a surreal air that makes it fascinating to watch. It's also quite puzzling, and it would be easy to over-analyse what we see in order to make some sense of it all when the only thing Cohl was probably trying to do was create a piece of entertainment. Whatever you think about that, you probably will be entertained by this brief oddity.


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