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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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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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The title is a reference to the "fantasmograph", a mid-19th century variant of the magic lantern that projected ghostly images on to surrounding walls. See more »

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Don't judge this too harshly--it's a milestone in animation
12 October 2008 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

If you are a lover of the history of cinema, then FANTASMAGORIE is an absolute must--particularly if you are interested in animation. That's because this short little film is the first animated film and considering everything, it's a darn good one.

Instead of the usual structure, style and narrative, this film is rather unique and free-flowing. A series of drawings morph and change with no apparent rhyme or reason. In many ways, it's more like a work of art than a traditional cartoon and it's all done in black and white.

It must have taken a very, very long time to make and for 1908, it's an incredible little film. Sure, films made just a few years later would make this seem obsolete, but given the context, it's a grand little film.


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France

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17 August 1908 (France) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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