Packs more spectacle in 16 mins than many features do in their entire running time. Better yet the film is a testament to the endless possibilities the cinematic form offers, one could some up the film's story in seconds but that would sell the film short since it functions on a purely sensory level, amazing that one of the for fathers of film is still one of the most inheritly modern filmmakers. Masterpiece.
An early example of how sets, costumes, and overall visual style has a pervasive effect on the viewer, transcending through the story and enhancing it when it's too simple to be carried on its own. I cannot and will not examine films on a purely textual (script & story) level. So far this is my favourite Méliès film (yes, better than Trip to the Moon). Each meticulously crafted scene is like a renaissance painting.