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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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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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17 August 2012 | by See all my reviews

"The Puppet's Nightmare" (Le cauchemar de Fantoche) is impossible to assign a numerical score to, as it's one of the very earliest animated films and it's so unique. After all, to what can you compare it?! Emile Cohl made this film. It is a very simple sort of animation--done in a less than simple manner. It consists of white childish drawings on a black background. But then it gets odd, the drawing CONSTANTLY morphs and changes in a strange stream of consciousness. While it's not something I'd want to watch for a long period of time, it is short as well as an interesting experiment. Worth seeing if you are an art student or an insane fan of animation (like me). Otherwise, it's one you can pass up and still lead a complete and full life!


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