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One hundred years ago, the first animated film was released to the public. Fantasmagorie was created over the course of four months by French caricature artist Émile Cohl, who became known as “The Father of the Animated Cartoon.”
The short is made up of over 700 drawings, each of which was double-exposed, leading to a running time of almost two minutes. The title is a reference to the fantasmograph, a mid-Nineteenth Century magic lantern that was said to project ghostly images that floated across the walls. Cohl created the drawings on white paper and printed it on a negative to give it a chalk board drawing feel.