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A Once in a Lifetime Experience(you can have over and over),
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This review is from: The Adventures of Prince Achmed (DVD)
For once there is no ambiguity: "The Adventures of Prince Achmed" is definitely the first feature length animated cartoon. Working in a converted garage, Reininger and her two assistants (one of whom specialized in magical soap bubble effects!) took three years to complete "Achmed." The film was a success, but for whatever reason Reininger spent the rest of her long career making shorts and advertisements (that I've never seen-hint, hint, Milestone). You might think, Hoo boy, an hour of nothing but black silhouettes on white. But give the film half a chance (especially in this magnificently colored restoration, with wonderful musical accompaniment) and I guarantee you'll be hooked. The complex tale of Achmed, his beloved, the wicked Magician, the kindly and powerful Ogre, the magical flying horse, and all the other characters are animated in a fantastically expressive manner, and the film moves at a breathless but comprehensible pace. This is one you'll come back to.
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Initial post: Jul 4, 2011 8:01:12 AM PDT
Pen Name says:
Just had to reply, despite this comment coming from 2005: I have heard from reliable animation historian sources, that there is 1 feature leignth animated cartoon known to come before Achmed, a political propaganda film destroyed in a fire.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 12, 2011 10:37:10 AM PDT
Richard Morpeth says:
Actually this film was pre-dated by two Argentinian films directed by Quirino Cristiani, 'El Apóstol / The Apostle (1917)' and 'Sin dejar rastros / Without a Trace (1918),' both now considered lost.
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