LES EXPLOITS DE FEU-FOLLET (1912)
aka Nipper’s Transformations
Article 5232 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Emile Cohl
What it is: Animated film
An animated man has several stream-of-consciousness adventures.
This short movie made it to my hunt list under the title of NIPPER’S TRANSFORMATIONS, where it languished until it dropped off into my “ones that got away” list. Then a friend of mine tracked down that the movie was actually a retitled copy of this animated short by Emile Cohl. If you’re familiar with Cohl’s work, it won’t surprise you to find out that it’s mostly a plotless stream-of-consciousness excursion into mutating animated objects, though it does follow something of a story in the middle where the title character takes a balloon to the moon but ends up swallowed by a fish in the ocean. I myself enjoy Cohl’s work, but I can see it boring some people, but since the short is only four minutes long, it doesn’t wear out its welcome.