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Fantasmagorie (1908)

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

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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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Gaumont Catalogue no. 2032 See more »

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

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Looney Toon
29 November 2009 | by See all my reviews

Even if it wasn't rightly famous for being the world's first animated film, Fantasmagorie would still stand out as an eye-popping piece of entertainment.

There isn't any story to speak of, and most of it seems to be a kind of stream-of-consciousness, free-form flow of ideas that borders on the surreal. Its use of a human hand to show the initial creation of the drawing brings to mind the much earlier work of J. Stuart Blackton. It might seem a little primitive by today's standards, but this little film is one of the landmarks of cinematic history.

The film can be found on the internet on Youtube or DailyMotion and is worth two minutes of anybody's time.


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