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The Hand of the Animator: Emil Cohl

by Nicholas Sammond

Although Winsor McCay tried to lay claim to originating animation, there were a number of practitioners who preceded him. Emil Cohl was not the performer that McCay was, but in his Fantasmagorie (1908) he still performs the role of the omnipotent animator, inserting his hands into the frame to interact with his Pierrot character. Clip courtesy of Donald Crafton's Before Mickey.


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Emil Cohl's 1908 animation.

from Fantasmagorie (1908)
Creator: Emil Cohl
Distributor: Pathe
Posted by Nicholas Sammond