Actions flow from one to the other, as smooth as water, in this early animated short created by French artist Émile Cohl (1857-1938). Cohl stumbled into animation at the age of fifty, following decades of work in a series of mostly creative pursuits, including caricatures, journalism and the theater. His pioneering work in animation is lively, surreal and endlessly inventive.
Here's a more comprehensive biography of Cohl. Even if you don't read French, I also highly recommend taking a look at his official website.