The Adventures of Prince Achmed

These images have been floating all around the web lately, but the attention is well-deserved, and I wanted to make sure you all saw them too!
These silhouettes are from The Adventures of Prince Achmed, which is the oldest animated feature length film that still survives. It was released in 1926, and though there were older animated films, those are lost to us. As you might have guessed, The Adventures of Prince Achmed was created using silhouette animation – and these silhouettes are pretty exquisite!
Via 2 or 3 Things, via Smile…



nichole -October 9, 2008, 11:45AM

this looks alot like the Michel Ocelot film “Princes and Princesses” which is finally available on US formatted DVD. You should check it out, it’s absolutely beautiful!

Clover -October 9, 2008, 9:59PM

Not to mention Lotte Reiniger was the first woman (or person ever, as far as historians know) to create a full feature-length animated film! Kudos to her!

fp luren -October 14, 2008, 9:25PM

I once saw this movie with a soundtrack performed live on the piano as it would have originally been seen. It was really amazing. And in case you didn’t know, the story is based on the stories of Sheherazade, who wed an evil Shah who was infamous for having one night stands with beautiful ladies and having them killed the next morning. Sheherazade kept an exciting story going with a cliffhanger every night so the Shah would have to keep her alive to find out the next chapter. And thats where the collection “A thousand and one nights” comes from.

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