Pauvre Pierrot

Pauvre Pierrot (aka Poor Pete) is an 1892 French short animated film directed by Charles-Émile Reynaud. It consists of 500 individually painted images and lasts about 15 minutes originally.[1]

Pauvre Pierrot
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Hand-painted scene
Directed byCharles-Émile Reynaud
Music byGaston Paulin
Release date
  • 28 October 1892 (1892-10-28)
Running time
originally 15 minutes approx, after restoration 4 minutes approx
Part of the film

It is one of the first animated films ever made, and alongside Le Clown et ses chiens and Un bon bock was exhibited in October 1892 when Charles-Émile Reynaud opened his Théâtre Optique at the Musée Grévin. It was the first film to demonstrate the Theatre Optique system developed by Reynaud in 1888. Pauvre Pierrot is also believed to be the first known usage of film perforations. The combined performance of all three films was known as Pantomimes Lumineuses.

These were the first animated pictures publicly exhibited by means of picture bands. Reynaud gave the entire presentation himself by manipulating the images.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Charles-Émile Reynaud". Who's Who of Victorian Cinema. Retrieved 2007-03-11.

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