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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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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

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None

Release Date:

17 August 1908 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Fantasy See more »

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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 »

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Edited into Los comienzos de la animación (1995) See more »

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steam of consciousness
20 April 2017 | by heikkiloytynojaSee all my reviews

absolutely fantastic, ideas pop out without connections. I believe that MOnty Python's Terry Gilliam has seen this film, Gilliam has the same kind of flow on his animations. the technique is brilliant due the time when it was made. it could not be any longer because timing just over one minute it captures viewer's eye and focus.


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