1 May 2018 | Tornado_Sam
It's very primitive animation by today's standards, but animation nonetheless
This is a very, very, very, very impressive movie for 1892. Yes, 1892! Edison was still experimenting with his Kinetoscope in America, Etienne-Jules Marey was using his Chronophotographic Gun to shoot film experiments, and films were, like, 3 seconds! Charles-Emile Reynaud's "Pauve Pierrot" originally ran 15 minutes, is in painted color by Reynaud himself, and (drum-roll, please) is animated! 1892, and this is the first cartoon! It consists of 500 images, tells a story, and is something you'd think came much, much later than this!
That's not to say it doesn't have any flaws. It definitely does. For one thing, while this is animation, it is very, very primitive looking by today's standards. The figures' movements are jerky, and at times they don't move at all. One particularly poorly animated spot is when Colombine comes out to meet Harlequin, as well as when she opens the door for Pierrot. Also, while sometimes there is some cutting closer to the figures, we mostly view what's going on from a single vantage point. If you decide to see this, bear in mind that, while ground-breaking, the animation isn't anything like what you'd see nowadays.
It's so sad. So much of Reynaud's work is lost today. The only other available cartoon from him is "Autour d'un Cabine" from 1894. His other two cartoons, "Le Clown et ses Chiens" and "Un Bon Bock" were both thrown into the Seine by Reynaud himself. Luckily, he spared these two movies so they could be seen and appreciated today.