in about 100 words or less
Germany 65m, B&W/tinted, Silent
Directors: Lotte Reiniger, Carl Koch (uncredited)
The Adventures of Prince Achmed is the earliest surviving feature-length animated film. A fairytale, adapted from the Arabian Nights, this is a beautifully crafted avant-garde stop motion production. At the centre of this adventure is a prince who soars to foreign lands on a magical flying horse where he meets and falls in love with the beautiful Princess Peri Banu who he attempts to bring back to his homeland. While the 2D animated cutout technique is simple, reminiscent of a magic lantern show, the style and effects, including colour tinting provide surprisingly sophisticated results (Klaus Ming December 2015).