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Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed

Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed

English Title: The Adventures of Prince Achmed

Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed (The Adventures of Prince Achmed) (1926) Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed

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>UFA, Comenius-Film GmbH
  • UFA, Comenius-Film GmbH
  • Animated Characters: Prince Achmed, Princess Peri Banu, Sorcerer, Flying Horse, Aladdin, Witch of the Fiery Mountains, Monsters, Demons.
  • Originally Released in 1926.
  • Running Time: 65 minutes.
  • Black & White, Tinted
  • Germany  Germany

Alternate Titles:


English Title: "The Adventures of Prince Achmed."

Foreign Language Titles: "Les Aventures du Prince Ahmed (French)" and "Le Avventure del Principe Achmed (Italian)."

Release Dates:


  • Jul, 1926- World Premiere (Paris)
  • Sep 3, 1926- German Premiere (Berlin)
  • Feb 26, 1931- US Premiere (New York)
  • Jun 2, 1999- Restored Version

Cartoon Production Information:


A silent film. Puppet and paper cut-out / silhouette animation.

One of the earliest feature-length animated films (only two Argentinean films, both now lost, may predate it). Thus Prinzen Achmed is the oldest surviving animated feature.

Lotte Reiniger was renowned for her marvelous mastery of the silhouette film, a form employing back-lit paper cutouts and silhouetted figures.

The production of this film used an early version of a multiplane camera for many of the effects. Animation was achieved on multiple layers.

Released in 1931 with English intertitles as "The Adventures of Prince Achmed."

Based on A Thousand and One Arabian Nights, this film combined cutout animation, wax sculpture and striking design into a ground-breaking film.

Production lasted from 1923 to 1926.

Two leading avant-garde filmmakers of the era, Walter Ruttman and Berthold Bartosch, were among Reinigerís assistants.

Wolfgang Zeller composed the original 1926 score.

Traditional, Hand-drawn Animation.

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