Gurney Journey: The Dancing Pig (1907)

If you haven’t nevertheless seen the movie “The Dancing Pig” (Le Cochon Danseur)  you might be in for a take care of. Website link to YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/observe?v=BU4W858uiGY

This is the colorized, music-extra model of a 1907 movie that was originally a silent, black-and-white burlesque movie unveiled in 1907. It was likely centered on a Vaudeville act. In the short movie, a lady dances with an animatronic pig. She humiliates the pig, and then he (apparently) exacts his revenge by consuming her offstage. 

The animation of the big puppet, mixed with the dance moves of the performer, are remarkable. The next remark on YouTube gives further more insight and appreciation:

“Wanting past what modern day audiences may perhaps obtain ‘creepy’, it is really in fact an endearing and melancholy story. The pig comes dressed as a refined gentleman to attempt and court docket the attractive dancer but after rejecting him, she mocks him, humiliates him and strips him to steal his dignity, then dresses him in feminine costume in advance of going down to just bloomers. I’m guessing there is some underlying symbolism in there someplace. As for the costume – it appears to be creepy, even though I’d think about was not intended to the way aged fashioned clowns glance creepy to modern audiences. I consider it really is so properly executed that it falls into the category ‘uncanny valley.’ But the animatronics of the head are extraordinary by any regular, in particular the potential to sneer the jowls again to expose the teeth. Together with the lolling tongue, flapping ears and independently transferring eyes, I would picture the wearer/ operator experienced quite a endeavor operating all the controls. You can see how one or each arms hang limp as he retracts his arms inside to then arrive at up to operate the head. I’m guessing he experienced a restricted view via the mouth as well. So, considering all the animation/ puppeteering he experienced to do… although dancing, it a marvel how he could even remain on his toes in that doubtlessly significant accommodate, enable along truly dance! This film is so considerably much more than just a ‘creepy’ curious spectacle.”

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