The Adventures of Prince Achmed

Director: Lotte Reiniger
Duration: 66 min

The oldest surviving animated feature film, The Adventures of Prince Achmed is a 1926 German
animated fairy-tale film by Lotte Reiniger. It features a silhouette animation technique Reiniger had
invented which involved manipulated cut-outs made from cardboard and thin sheets of lead under a

The story is based on elements taken from the One Thousand and One Nights, specifically "The Story
of Prince Ahmed and the Fairy Paribanou" featured in Andrew Lang's Blue Fairy Book. The titular
Prince Achmed rides a flying horse to faraway lands and embarks on magical adventures, which
include befriending a witch, meeting Aladdin, battling demons and falling in love with a princess.

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