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Fantasmagorie (1908 film)

A still from the film
Directed by Émile Cohl
Produced by Émile Cohl
Distributed by Société des Etablissements L. Gaumont
Release dates 17 August 1908
Running time Approx. 1 minute, 20 seconds
Country France
Language Silent film

Fantasmagorie is an 1908 French animated film by Émile Cohl. It is one of the earliest examples of traditional (hand-drawn) animation, and considered by film historians to be the first animated cartoon.[1]


Young Émile Cohl

The film largely consists of a stick figure moving about and encountering all manner of morphing objects, such as a wine bottle that transforms into a flower. There were also sections of live action where the animator’s hands would enter the scene. The main character is drawn by the artist's hand on camera, and the main characters are a clown and a gentleman.

The film, in all of its wild transformations, is a direct tribute to the by-then forgotten Incoherent movement. The title is a reference to the "fantasmograph", a mid-Nineteenth Century variant of the magic lantern that projected ghostly images that floated across the walls.


Fantasmagorie (1908)

Cohl worked on "Fantasmagorie" from February to either May or June 1908. Despite the short running time, the piece was packed with material devised in a "stream of consciousness" style. The film was released on August 17, 1908.


The film was created by drawing each frame on paper and then shooting each frame onto stop trick.

See also


  • "Fantasmagorie (1908)". The Internet Movie Database. Retrieved May 2, 2010. 

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