The Adventures of Prince Achmed

The Adventures of Prince Achmed

Germany | 1926 | 72 minutes | Lotte Reiniger

February 29, 2020

Saturday Morning Cartoons

When Lotte Reiniger's The Adventures of Prince Achmed premiered in Germany on September 23, 1926, it was hailed as the first full-length animated film. More than seventy-five years later, this enchanting film still stands as one of the great classics of animation—beautiful, mesmerizing, and utterly seductive.

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.

Saturday Morning Cartoons is a monthly celebration of animated children's films from across the globe. We aim to showcase animated films that advance the aesthetic possibilities of 2D animation through their specific cultural lens. Coffee will be provided along with donuts from Mighty O. All ages are welcome.

  • Director: Lotte Reiniger
  • Country: Germany
  • Year: 1926
  • Running Time: 72 minutes
  • Music: Wolfgang Zeller