This movie is nearly 100 years old and it’s aged like fine wine.
It’s unlike modern animation where animation feels like it must work in tandem with story and themes, this one relies solely on animation.
The story is rudimentary, the music is simple, the characters are basic, but the visuals are beyond astounding. Shades of blue, red, yellow and green beautifully populate the lush environments while the shadows pop off the screen. The movements are fluid but janky which lends it the same naturalistic and fun vibe of Aardman stop motion.
Prince Achmed isn’t a life changing animated movie that alters your perception of what art can accomplish like Wall-E or Spirited Away, but it’s an accomplishment nonetheless. Animation has always been one of my favourite genres as I believe it can reach levels of creativity that are impossible in any other film medium, and Prince Achmed is one of the earliest examples of why.