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JAPON DE FANTAISIE (1909)
Article 5241 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 9-2-2016
Directed by Emile Cohl
No cast
Country: France
What it is: Exercise in stop-motion animation

That I'm foregoing a plot description of an Emile Cohl short should be no surprise; most of his work involves rushes of stream-of-consciousness images and doesn't really have a story.  Even by those standards, this one is slight.  This short falls roughly into two segments.  The first twenty seconds involves stop-motion animation involving Japanese figurines.  The last forty seconds features an insect that hatches an egg of a Japanese mask, and mice emerge from the mouth of the mask.  It's mostly notable for Cohl trying his hand at stop-motion rather than his usual animated chalk drawings.  However, with a running time of one minute, it's over before it's managed to work up any real impact; it seems more like a snippet of footage from something larger than a movie in and of itself, and maybe it is  At any rate, this is hardly Cohl at his most interesting.

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