The Adventures of Prince Achmed Reviews
P.S., whenever you're in doubt of 20th century feminism, just remember that a woman helped pioneer feature full-length animation.
Whilst their are some dialogue boxes in German, this is not a problem for those non-German speakers. These segments are very few and does not prevent you from following the story. Just by watching the action on screen, you are able to understand exactly what is going on right up to the end.
With the movement of the images so fluently without jumping, Prince Achmed is a joy to view and shows clearly the inspirations that gave Disney their ideas.
The story was interesting but it's amazing amount of expression through the animation the characters had, they all had so defined personalities.
The is such a unique viewing experience that although clearly German expressionist but a real surreal silent film experience that is unlike many of other films of its era.
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.
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.
The mere thought of the fact that this movie was in danger of extinction gives terror to my soul. May God bless the hearts and souls of those who emptied their time and effort to restore this craved gem.