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Émile Cohl

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Biography

Émile Cohl (January 4, 1857 – January 20, 1938), born Émile Eugène Jean Louis Courtet, was a French caricaturist of the largely-forgotten Incoherent Movement, cartoonist, and animator, called “The Father of the Animated Cartoon” and “The Oldest Parisian”.

Émile saw little of his father during his childhood, and was over-protected by his ailing mother until her death in 1863. In 1864, at the age of 7, he was enrolled at the Ecole professionnelle de Pantin, a boarding school known as the Institute Vaudron after its founder. There his artistic talents were discovered and encouraged. The next year, a cold kept him in his father’s apartment, where he began stamp collecting, a hobby that would become his sole source of income several times in his life.

The chaos caused by the Franco-Prussian War and the following siege of Paris led to the closing of Elie Courtet’s factory. Émile was transferred to the less-exclusive Ecole Turgot, but his lessons were soon forgotten as the teenager… read more

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Jack Lineman

6Jan12

WE HAVE TO ADD modern education AKA Moderne école FROM 1909 THE ONLY THING HE MADE AS GOOD AS Fantasmagorie! I JUST WATCHED IT TWICE ON THE NEW Gaumont Treasures Volume 2 DVD THAT KINO PUT OUT AND IT'S JUST AMAZING.