The Frog (1908)

A film by the pioneering Spanish film director and cinematographer Segundo Chomón. With his innovative use of early splice-based tricks and a penchant for optical illusions he is often compared to the slightly earlier Georges Méliès, and indeed has been dubbed “The Spanish Méliès” by some. Though the similarities are clear, Chomón departs from Méliès in his variety of subjects and his use of animation, an art form he played a key role in developing. In this surreal short a sprightly frog circles various come-to-life fountain tableaux, as well as a giant version of itself, an enormous head being drenched by water, and some multicoloured fire thrown in for good measure.

Housed at: Internet Archive | From: The Segundo de Chomón Collection
Underlying Work: PD U.S. & PD 70 Years | Digital Copy: No Additional Rights
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