Gurney Journey: The Dancing Pig (1907)

Gurney Journey: The Dancing Pig (1907)

If you haven’t nonetheless viewed the film “The Dancing Pig” (Le Cochon Danseur)  you’re in for a treat. Hyperlink to YouTube

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

This is the colorized, songs-additional edition of a 1907 movie that was originally a silent, black-and-white burlesque film introduced in 1907. It was probably based on a Vaudeville act. In the quick movie, a girl dances with an animatronic pig. She humiliates the pig, and then he (evidently) exacts his revenge by ingesting her offstage. 

The animation of the large puppet, put together with the dance moves of the performer, are amazing. The next remark on YouTube presents further more insight and appreciation:

“Looking earlier what present day audiences may possibly come across ‘creepy’, it is really essentially an endearing and melancholy story. The pig arrives dressed as a refined gentleman to attempt and court docket the gorgeous dancer but after rejecting him, she mocks him, humiliates him and strips him to steal his dignity, then dresses him in feminine costume just before heading down to just bloomers. I am guessing there is some underlying symbolism in there somewhere. As for the costume – it would seem creepy, however I’d envision was not intended to the way previous fashioned clowns appear creepy to present day audiences. I think it’s so properly executed that it falls into the group ‘uncanny valley.’ But the animatronics of the head are outstanding by any standard, especially the means to sneer the jowls again to expose the tooth. Along with the lolling tongue, flapping ears and independently moving eyes, I might think about the wearer/ operator experienced fairly a undertaking doing the job all the controls. You can see how one particular or each arms cling limp as he retracts his fingers inside to then arrive at up to function the head. I’m guessing he experienced a minimal view via the mouth way too. So, looking at all the animation/ puppeteering he experienced to do… although dancing, it a question how he could even remain on his feet in that doubtlessly large suit, allow alongside truly dance! This movie is so significantly much more than just a ‘creepy’ curious spectacle.”