Thursday, 15 April 2010

Animation Timeline: Entry 03 - Charles Emile Reynaud (1844 - 1918)

Charles Emile Reynaud was a french scientist and was responsible for creating the first ever animated film. He done so by using the Praxinoscope which he created in 1877 and the Theatre Optique which he created in 1888.

The Theatre Optique is a large scale Praxinoscope combined with a glass viewing screen which allowed a larger audience to view the animation at one time. Reynaud first showed this invention in a public showing on the 28th October 1892 at the Musee Grevin in Paris.

The show was named Pantomimes Lumineuses and it consisted of three cartoons, Pauvre Pierrot, Un bon bock, and Le Clown et ses chiens. Each of these animations consisted of 500 to 600 individually painted images which lasted about 15 minutes, each animation was accompanied by a piano player.

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