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The VERY FIRST Feature-Length Animated Film


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El Ap?stol (The Apostle) is a 1917 Argentine animated film and is believed to be the first animated feature film. It was written and directed by Quirino Cristiani, and consisted of a total of 58,000 frames played over the course of 70 minutes (which would have meant 14 FPS). The film was a satire, with President Hip?lito Yrigoyen ascending to the heavens to use Jupiter's thunderbolts to cleanse Buenos Aires of immorality and corruption. The result is a burnt city. The film is believed to have been well-received by audiences at the time. Despite this, no known copies of the film exist.

 

If you own a copy, please contact a film restoration company. This is a VERY important part of cinema history.

 

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The film was done in cutout animation.

 

The audience particularly enjoyed the final sequence, which combined models built by the French architect Andr?s Ducaud and special effects.

 

El Ap?stol had its premiere on November 9, 1917 at the Select Theater (which co-producer Franchini owned). "The film is magnificent," said the review in the newspaper Critica, "and demonstrates the wonderful progress our national cinema has made." La Razon agreed, saying it was, "A graphic work that reveals enormous labor, patience and even genius." A good many other papers praised Valle, the film, and the country. But hardly anyone noticed that Cristiani had the one true claim to authorship: he had conceived the film, made the drawings, and animated the characters. In those days, no one thought of filmmakers--films were spoken of something "produced" by someone.

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Wouldn't that leave "The Adventures of Prince Achmed" the SURVIVING feature length oldest animation.

 

I don't know what Walt Disney's thoughts would have been on the subject of silhouette animation.

 

El Apostol is more likely than not have met the great "nitrate beyond". Another lost to history.

I wonder if its in that book someone on this forum mentioned called "This Film is Dangerous: A Celebration of Nitrate".

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