The Adventures of Prince Achmed, Germany, 1926

I’ve always been enchanted by fairy tales and storytelling from foreign countries. My mother once took me to see a stage play of Grimm’s Tales, uncensored. I think animations for today’s children are way too smart–in a bad way. The lessons are different, a little more shallow, and repetitive. Which is why I am drawn to stories like Kirikou(my *favorite*), and Prince Achmed:

Taken from The Arabian Nights, the film tells the story of a wicked sorcerer who tricks Prince Achmed into mounting a magical flying horse and sends the rider off on a flight to his death. But the prince foils the magician’s plan, and soars headlong into a series of wondrous adventures — joining forces with Aladdin and the Witch of the Fiery Mountains, doing battle with the sorcerer’s army of monsters and demons, and falling in love with the beautiful Princess Peri Banu.

If you’ve ever seen the Jim Carey movie Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events you’ll notice that the spectacular animation is similar.