Gurney Journey: The Dancing Pig (1907)

If you haven’t however found the film “The Dancing Pig” (Le Cochon Danseur)  you might be in for a treat. Connection to YouTube at?v=BU4W858uiGY

This is the colorized, music-extra version of a 1907 movie that was initially a silent, black-and-white burlesque film introduced in 1907. It was most likely dependent on a Vaudeville act. In the shorter movie, a lady dances with an animatronic pig. She humiliates the pig, and then he (evidently) exacts his revenge by consuming her offstage. 

The animation of the big puppet, blended with the dance moves of the performer, are extraordinary. The subsequent comment on YouTube presents even more insight and appreciation:

“On the lookout past what modern-day audiences could obtain ‘creepy’, it really is really an endearing and melancholy story. The pig comes dressed as a refined gentleman to try out and court docket the wonderful dancer but soon after rejecting him, she mocks him, humiliates him and strips him to steal his dignity, then dresses him in woman costume before heading down to just bloomers. I am guessing there is some fundamental symbolism in there somewhere. As for the costume – it seems creepy, though I might envision was not meant to the way previous fashioned clowns glimpse creepy to modern audiences. I think it is really so perfectly executed that it falls into the group ‘uncanny valley.’ But the animatronics of the head are extraordinary by any standard, specially the skill to sneer the jowls back to expose the enamel. Together with the lolling tongue, flapping ears and independently shifting eyes, I would consider the wearer/ operator had rather a undertaking functioning all the controls. You can see how 1 or the two arms hold limp as he retracts his arms inside to then achieve up to function the head. I’m guessing he had a minimal watch by means of the mouth too. So, thinking about all the animation/ puppeteering he had to do… while dancing, it a marvel how he could even stay on his feet in that doubtlessly weighty go well with, enable together actually dance! This movie is so considerably extra than just a ‘creepy’ curious spectacle.”

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