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Gurney Journey: The Dancing Pig (1907)

Gurney Journey: The Dancing Pig (1907)

If you haven’t yet noticed the movie “The Dancing Pig” (Le Cochon Danseur)  you are in for a handle. Backlink to YouTube

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

This is the colorized, tunes-extra variation of a 1907 film that was at first a silent, black-and-white burlesque film unveiled in 1907. It was almost certainly primarily based on a Vaudeville act. In the limited film, a female dances with an animatronic pig. She humiliates the pig, and then he (evidently) exacts his revenge by taking in her offstage. 

The animation of the huge puppet, put together with the dance moves of the performer, are amazing. The following comment on YouTube provides even further perception and appreciation:

“Hunting previous what modern-day audiences may perhaps uncover ‘creepy’, it is essentially an endearing and melancholy tale. The pig arrives dressed as a refined gentleman to try out and courtroom the beautiful dancer but right after rejecting him, she mocks him, humiliates him and strips him to steal his dignity, then attire him in woman costume in advance of likely down to just bloomers. I’m guessing there is some fundamental symbolism in there somewhere. As for the costume – it would seem creepy, nevertheless I might think about was not intended to the way previous fashioned clowns search creepy to modern audiences. I think it can be so perfectly executed that it falls into the class ‘uncanny valley.’ But the animatronics of the head are unbelievable by any standard, especially the means to sneer the jowls again to expose the teeth. Together with the lolling tongue, flapping ears and independently moving eyes, I would visualize the wearer/ operator experienced rather a endeavor working all the controls. You can see how 1 or equally arms dangle limp as he retracts his hands within to then achieve up to operate the head. I am guessing he had a constrained view through the mouth way too. So, thinking about all the animation/ puppeteering he had to do… even though dancing, it a question how he could even keep on his toes in that doubtlessly hefty match, enable along actually dance! This film is so a great deal far more than just a ‘creepy’ curious spectacle.”