Nov 21, 2009

Saturday Morning Cartoon: Fantasmagorie (1908)

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.

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