Fantasmagorie: The First Animated Film

Today, we’re adding to our col­lec­tion of Free Online Movies a great lit­tle film by Emile Cohl, oth­er­wise known as “The Father of the Ani­mat­ed Car­toon.” Made in 1908, Fan­tas­magorie stitched togeth­er 700 draw­ings, each dou­ble-exposed, cre­at­ing the first ful­ly ani­mat­ed film. Cohl made over 250 films between 1908 and 1923, of which 37 sur­vive in film archives. And sev­er­al – Le cauchemar de Fan­toche (1908) and The Hash­er’s Delir­i­um (1910) – appear right here on YouTube.

Relat­ed Con­tent:

Ear­ly Exper­i­ments in Col­or Film (1895–1935)

Franken­stein Hits the Sil­ver Screen (1910)

Where Hor­ror Film Began: The Cab­i­net of Dr. Cali­gari

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