April 15, 2024


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Gurney Journey: The Dancing Pig (1907)

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Gurney Journey: The Dancing Pig (1907)

If you have not nonetheless found the movie “The Dancing Pig” (Le Cochon Danseur)  you might be in for a take care of. Hyperlink to YouTube


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

The animation of the giant puppet, combined with the dance moves of the performer, are impressive. The adhering to comment on YouTube gives further more insight and appreciation:

“Looking previous what modern-day audiences could obtain ‘creepy’, it’s essentially an endearing and melancholy tale. The pig comes dressed as a refined gentleman to try and courtroom the beautiful dancer but immediately after rejecting him, she mocks him, humiliates him and strips him to steal his dignity, then attire him in female costume in advance of going down to just bloomers. I’m guessing there is some underlying symbolism in there somewhere. As for the costume – it looks creepy, even though I might think about was not intended to the way old fashioned clowns glimpse creepy to modern audiences. I think it’s so nicely executed that it falls into the classification ‘uncanny valley.’ But the animatronics of the head are incredible by any normal, specially the skill to sneer the jowls back to expose the teeth. Together with the lolling tongue, flapping ears and independently going eyes, I would consider the wearer/ operator experienced really a activity performing all the controls. You can see how one particular or the two arms hold limp as he retracts his palms within to then access up to function the head. I am guessing he experienced a constrained see through the mouth too. So, contemplating all the animation/ puppeteering he experienced to do… even though dancing, it a marvel how he could even continue to be on his ft in that doubtlessly large suit, let along in fact dance! This film is so a lot much more than just a ‘creepy’ curious spectacle.”

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