April 18, 2024


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Gurney Journey: The Dancing Pig (1907)

Gurney Journey: The Dancing Pig (1907)

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


This is the colorized, audio-extra model of a 1907 film that was at first a silent, black-and-white burlesque movie unveiled in 1907. It was probably based on a Vaudeville act. In the short film, a girl dances with an animatronic pig. She humiliates the pig, and then he (apparently) exacts his revenge by ingesting her offstage. 

The animation of the large puppet, merged with the dance moves of the performer, are outstanding. The pursuing comment on YouTube gives further perception and appreciation:

“Looking previous what contemporary audiences may obtain ‘creepy’, it can be actually an endearing and melancholy tale. The pig comes dressed as a refined gentleman to try out and court docket the wonderful dancer but soon after rejecting him, she mocks him, humiliates him and strips him to steal his dignity, then attire him in female costume ahead of going down to just bloomers. I am guessing there is some fundamental symbolism in there someplace. As for the costume – it looks creepy, however I’d envision was not meant to the way old fashioned clowns seem creepy to contemporary audiences. I imagine it is really so properly executed that it falls into the category ‘uncanny valley.’ But the animatronics of the head are remarkable by any typical, especially the capacity to sneer the jowls back to expose the teeth. Together with the lolling tongue, flapping ears and independently going eyes, I’d imagine the wearer/ operator had pretty a endeavor performing all the controls. You can see how one or both arms hang limp as he retracts his fingers inside of to then arrive at up to function the head. I am guessing he experienced a minimal view by means of the mouth also. So, looking at all the animation/ puppeteering he had to do… although dancing, it a speculate how he could even remain on his feet in that doubtlessly hefty fit, permit alongside actually dance! This movie is so significantly much more than just a ‘creepy’ curious spectacle.”