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A Fantasy (1908)

Fantasmagorie (original title)
The first all-animated film in history, a series of scenes without much narrative structure, but morphing into each other.

Director:

Émile Cohl
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Storyline

Much to our amazement, with the use of chalkboard hand-drawn animation, the caricaturist Émile Cohl conjures up the stick figure of an agile and pliable clown as he encounters a plethora of ever-shifting objects. Without a doubt, the transformations seem endless, in an attempt that is considered to be the very first animated cartoon. Written by Nick Riganas

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Country:

France

Language:

None

Release Date:

17 August 1908 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Fantasy See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Connections

Featured in One Hundred Children Waiting for a Train (1988) See more »

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It's Groundbreaking
2 May 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is a pretty neat little film. It appears to be chalk on a blackboard. It has a little plot with a man trying to watch a movie when a woman with a huge hat sits in front of him. But there are other things that help make the two minutes memorable.


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