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Pauvre Pierrot

Pauvre Pierrot

English Title: Poor Peter

Pauvre Pierrot (Poor Peter) (1892) Theatrical Cartoon Pauvre Pierrot

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  • Charles-Émile Reynaud
  • Originally Released in Oct 28, 1892 (Estimate).
  • Running Time: 15 minutes.
  • Color
  • France  France

Alternate Titles:

English Title: "Poor Peter."

Cartoon Production Information:

Animated loop of glass plates, individually painted by Reynaud himself, were mounted in leather bands and shown on a praxinoscope (an invention of Charles-Émile Reynaud). Similar to a zoetrope, except instead of viewing an animation through the slits in a rotating drum, the animation is shown reflected in a series of small, stationary mirrors positioned in the center of a rotating cylinder. The images were not photographed, but drawn directly onto the transparent strip light was shown through. Reynaud developed a larger version of the praxinoscope that could be projected onto a screen, called the Théâtre Optique in 1888.

After further development, including expanding the number of images from twelve to over five hundred images, the Théâtre Optique system was first used at the Musée Grévin in Paris on October 28, 1892 to show three animation, generally regarded as the first projected animated works in history.

The theatrical showing of these three films by Reynaud preceded the Lumière Brother's first public display of a film projection system by three years.

Traditional, Hand-drawn Animation.

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