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The Adventures of Prince Achmed Reviews

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AJ V

Super Reviewer

December 1, 2010
This movie is visually amazingly cool, and I'm glad I finally watched this movie on Netflix, of course the story is a classic tale, so of course it has a predictable ending, but other than that, it's really cool and if you like animated movies I highly recommend this one, it's very unique.
flixsterman
flixsterman

Super Reviewer

May 17, 2009
A reconstructed bit of animation that's tremendously entertaining and historically significant. Lotte Reiniger is a largely overlooked pioneer in the evolution of cinema. Its good to see her work so painstakingly revived for new generations to enjoy.
rubystevens
rubystevens

Super Reviewer

December 27, 2007
gorgeous reconstruction of one of the first known animated films, a german expressionist masterpiece based on tales of the arabian nights. made entirely with paper cutouts! amazing!
DOCTOR P.
DOCTOR P.

Super Reviewer

October 12, 2012
Having the distinction of being the first animated feature, "The Adventures of Prince Achmed" has a lot to offer for film history. The fact that it has quality to it to back it up is in itself, impressive.

Silhouette animation, the film is comprised of it all throughout. It's an impressive technique to look at, especially for those who truly love animation, though it is noticeable that it is one that is hard to work with. The filmmakers behind this clearly knew how to use it in a way that made it stunning to look at, there is a high amount of detail in the settings, the people making it, must have gone crazy throughout it, it is that impressive. The character designs are well done enough to differentiate the characters enough to know who is who most of the time, unfortunately, there are certain sequences where it goes so quick, or gets to crowded that it becomes confusing, though it never gets beyond a minor issue.

"Achmed's" pacing never goes bad, but it does at times feel like ten more minutes would have helped it. It has a simple story, evil magician messes with prince prince must save day, prince falls in love, and finally prince wins, it is pretty predictable, but it is still good for a fun time, as well as just to look at this rarely used animation technique.

"The Adventures of Prince Achmed" is a fun little piece of film and animation history, though it may not be too interesting for those who are not a fan of animation.
Alex F

Super Reviewer

February 14, 2010
The birth of animation cinema.
littlecharmer1959
littlecharmer1959

Super Reviewer

September 7, 2008
An amazing film with an amazing animation technique. It's hard to believe that such an enchanting film was created with nothing but black paper, scissors and alot of talent.
jimbotender
jimbotender

Super Reviewer

August 19, 2008
A criminally underappreciated animation film,the beloved template of heroes,chivalry,mythical delights made by Reiniger's magic wand is more than just a bargain.Sheer enthusiasm for an hour,this classic visual landscape fills the screen with a literally poetic ambrosia.
FanGirl
FanGirl

Super Reviewer

November 13, 2006
I've seen about an hour of this film and was completely blown away by it. I must see the rest of it. A true cinematic treasure.
December 14, 2013
Show it to your kids, let their dreams be forever haunted by black, featureless shadows rolling around with weirdly mangled fingers while German words flash on the screen.
July 30, 2011
a fantastically enchanting film. a traditional and familiar story told through beautifully imaginative shadow puppet animation. a brilliant piece of early cinema that really draws you in to its magic and creativity. really really enjoyable.
September 6, 2009
An amazing tale done in animation (the oldest surviving feature-length animation film) by Lotte Reiniger her silhouette style. Based on the 1001 Arabian Nights, this fantastical silent film features magic, demons, and the Chinese.
jgrunert1
November 2, 2008
Very interesting animation technique and worth watching for the historical value, but its simplicity gets a bit tedious for its length.
kg6fqa
August 21, 2006
This is one of the most interesting animated features ever. Before political correctness was even an issue, this fairy tale is reminscent of the old fairy tales you've read. It doesn't shy away into the kid-friendly styles, and that's good. And this is one of the most beautiful animation styles ever. Silent, but wonderful.
mlfoley
May 28, 2006
It is so sad that this film is only known by two people on the entire website. It is a the first animation film, well before Disney, and is brilliant. You really should check it out.
October 21, 2012
Beautiful film!

I'm surprised how amazing this film looks, being the oldest animated feature film in history just 10 years before Walt Disney's Snow White. It's so innovative and way ahead of its time. It is artistic as Fantasia with the simple love story like Aladdin.

Although the movie is silent, after almost 100 years, it doesn't seem to show its age and it still retains its charm.

It's incredibly unique and I would recommend this to any animation lover.
DOCTOR P.
DOCTOR P.

Super Reviewer

October 12, 2012
Having the distinction of being the first animated feature, "The Adventures of Prince Achmed" has a lot to offer for film history. The fact that it has quality to it to back it up is in itself, impressive.

Silhouette animation, the film is comprised of it all throughout. It's an impressive technique to look at, especially for those who truly love animation, though it is noticeable that it is one that is hard to work with. The filmmakers behind this clearly knew how to use it in a way that made it stunning to look at, there is a high amount of detail in the settings, the people making it, must have gone crazy throughout it, it is that impressive. The character designs are well done enough to differentiate the characters enough to know who is who most of the time, unfortunately, there are certain sequences where it goes so quick, or gets to crowded that it becomes confusing, though it never gets beyond a minor issue.

"Achmed's" pacing never goes bad, but it does at times feel like ten more minutes would have helped it. It has a simple story, evil magician messes with prince prince must save day, prince falls in love, and finally prince wins, it is pretty predictable, but it is still good for a fun time, as well as just to look at this rarely used animation technique.

"The Adventures of Prince Achmed" is a fun little piece of film and animation history, though it may not be too interesting for those who are not a fan of animation.
July 2, 2012
Although a couple of long-lost Argentinean films may or may not predate it, this stands in the history books as the oldest surviving feature-length animated picture in history, a fact which is genuinely astounding given how well it's aged. Although the entire film is populated by silhouettes, the creative intellects responsible quickly shift that handicap into a calling card. Extravagantly ornate character and set designs give us more than enough to establish the cast and tell its ambitious fairy tale, while the thick black mattes leave just as much of the screen to be filled in by the viewer's imagination. Judged by modern standards the pace is very slow, but the plot - lifted piecemeal from a dozen different myths and fables - moves in unexpectedly bold directions. Best viewed as a spectacular time capsule, it's an enlightening glimpse at the roots of a proud industry that's yet to finish its first century.
June 8, 2012
The Adventures of Prince Achmed is the first surviving animated film and the first stop-motion animated film ever. The animation and the visuals are outstanding for 1926. The story is interesting and the battle scenes are epic. But the first couple of acts are little boring, the plot revolves a little too fast and as can be expected for the year it was made, the characterization is really weak. Overall, it is a solid film and an amazing historical artifact.
May 11, 2012
Came across this one via IMBD recently and watched it with the kids tonight. A quite astonishing silent movie animation from 1926, done entirely with silhouettes , very beautifully done.
Forrestw2rs
July 9, 2011
The Adventures Of Prince Achmed is the earliest surviving animated film and it comes right out of Germany's Expressionism movement during the 1920s. As one can imagine, a German Expressionism animated film is a pure treat to watch.

There is an artistry presented with The Adventures Of Prince Achmed that goes above and beyond the kind of animated craftsmanship one would have expected for the Silent Era. The film features two-dimensional silhouette-style animation. It's quite remarkable to watch, especially for a people who are so use to the three-dimensional CGI style of animation. The movements of the characters in the film surprisingly fluid and offer a lot of expression.

The Adventures Of Prince Achmed is all about the animation. That is the reason to see it, and it is certainly a good reason. It is truly spectacular. But is the story worth telling? The story is one that has been told many times before: of the Arabian knights. It's a fantasy film and contains a lot of terrific creatures and lends itself to a particular standard of magic that many films should try to meet.

That all being said, I have to admit that I was glad the film only ran for about seventy minutes. After awhile, the animation style does get rather old. As I got more use to the style, it began to engage me less and less, and the story was not quite engaging enough to be of great worth. This is a film that is all about the animation, and if the animation does not impress the audience, they will not find much else for redemption here.

But it is still a very inventive and ingenious film. The wizard duel that takes place toward the end of the film was one of my favorite parts of the movie. This is where the animation style really lifts itself off its feet to become every bit as enchanting as an audience might want. As a matter of fact, every bit of animation that had anything to do with the sorcerer character was very spectacular. It was truly magical to watch.

The Adventures that Prince Achmed has are... interesting. As I have mentioned, they are magical. There is an assortment of magical creatures that he meets and must fight off and so forth. He falls in love with a princess of another land, flies around on a magical horse, and even comes across Aladdin and his magic lamp. All this is impressive and leads to some very memorable sequences of animation. The story is, of course, predictable and not overly engaging, but it works well with the animation, and that is what is important.
9/10
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