On This Day: August 17th

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On the 17th of August 1908 Emile Cohl created the first animated cartoon, it was called Fantasmagorie and was first shown in Paris, France. It is one of the earliest examples of traditional (hand-drawn) animation, and considered by film historians to be the first animated cartoon. The film largely consists of a stick man moving about and encountering all manner of morphing objects, such as a wine bottle that transforms into a flower. There were also sections of live action where the animator’s hands would enter the scene. The main character is drawn by the artist’s hand on camera, and the main characters are a clown and a gentleman.

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