Gurney Journey: The Dancing Pig (1907)

If you have not however viewed the film “The Dancing Pig” (Le Cochon Danseur)  you happen to be in for a treat. Hyperlink to YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/check out?v=BU4W858uiGY

This is the colorized, audio-added variation of a 1907 movie that was originally a silent, black-and-white burlesque movie launched in 1907. It was most likely primarily based on a Vaudeville act. In the small film, a girl dances with an animatronic pig. She humiliates the pig, and then he (evidently) exacts his revenge by feeding on her offstage. 

The animation of the giant puppet, merged with the dance moves of the performer, are impressive. The pursuing remark on YouTube presents additional perception and appreciation:

“Hunting previous what fashionable audiences may well discover ‘creepy’, it really is truly an endearing and melancholy tale. The pig arrives dressed as a refined gentleman to attempt and courtroom the gorgeous dancer but after rejecting him, she mocks him, humiliates him and strips him to steal his dignity, then attire him in feminine costume before going down to just bloomers. I am guessing there is some underlying symbolism in there someplace. As for the costume – it looks creepy, while I would picture was not intended to the way previous fashioned clowns seem creepy to present day audiences. I believe it really is so nicely executed that it falls into the classification ‘uncanny valley.’ But the animatronics of the head are unbelievable by any typical, particularly the potential to sneer the jowls back again to expose the enamel. Along with the lolling tongue, flapping ears and independently shifting eyes, I’d consider the wearer/ operator had pretty a endeavor working all the controls. You can see how one particular or equally arms hang limp as he retracts his palms within to then get to up to run the head. I’m guessing he experienced a minimal watch by way of the mouth also. So, thinking of all the animation/ puppeteering he had to do… while dancing, it a speculate how he could even stay on his feet in that doubtlessly weighty suit, enable along basically dance! This movie is so a great deal extra than just a ‘creepy’ curious spectacle.”