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Made by Lotte Reiniger in 1926, ''Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed'' is the world’s oldest surviving feature-length animated film, pre-dating ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' by a full decade. Based on the legends from ''Literature/TheArabianNights'', it tells the story of the travels of Prince Achmed, who is tricked by an evil magician into riding a flying horse that takes him to distant magical lands. He falls in love with (and [[ValuesDissonance kidnaps]]) Princess Pari Banu, and must fight to return home with her in time to stop his sister, Princess Dinarsade, from marrying the evil magician.

In addition to its age, the film is most notable for Reiniger’s highly unique animation style, which uses black silhouettes of the characters and set pieces against painted backdrops. While this might be perceived as limiting, the characters remain highly distinct and expressive. Each silhouetted figure in the film was hand-cut and animated by Reiniger frame by frame – a labor of love that took three years to complete.
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* ArabianNightsDays: Beyond the general ''Literature/ArabianNights'' vibe the story has, the main plot is taken from the ''Arabian Nights'' story "The Ebony Horse", with the story of ''Literature/{{Aladdin}}'' added to the second half.
* BondVillainStupidity: Rather than killing Achmed, the evil magician leaves Achmed stuck on top of a volcano while he swoops off to reclaim Dinarsade. Achmed then falls into the volcano's caldera, where he meets the witch, who agrees to help him.
* CatFight: When Achmed finally gets control of his horse and lands in the islands of Wak Wak, he finds himself in a castle populated by five beautiful women. They are all eager to kiss him, but when they start brawling with each other over Achmed's attention, he escapes.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Each frame of the movie was tinted to convey the location and/or time of the scene. Day scenes are yellow, night/caves scenes are blue, some indoors scenes are green.
* CoolHorse
* {{Crossover}}: Of several stories featured in ''Literature/TheArabianNights''.
* DamselInDistress: Both Peri Banu and Dinarsade.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: The heroes have to go through ''a lot'' of crap.
* EnemyMine: The Witch allies herself with Achmed mostly because she just wants to kill the evil magician. "He is my greatest enemy! And we are friends!" (Hilariously, she tells this to Achmed right after she tries strangling him.)
* {{Flashback}}: The story of ''Literature/{{Aladdin}}'' is told to Achmed by Aladdin in an extended flashback.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: It is implied that Achmed and Peri Banu have sex while in China. [[RescueSex Right after rescuing her from a short guy she was forced to marry.]]
* GoodWitchVersusBadWitch: The Witch of the Fiery Mountain allies herself with the heroes to defeat the evil magician.
* HowDoIShotWeb: Achmed can't figure out how to make the horse fly down at first.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: The Emperor of China to Peri Banu. The evil magician never really manages to do this with Dinarsade.
* NiceHat: Check out the four-tier headdress that Peri Banu is wearing
* OutdoorBathPeeping / SkinnyDipping: No sooner do Achmed and the horse land beside a lake than Peri Banu and her handmaidens arrive and take a bath in said lake. Achmed watches from the bushes.
* RaceForYourLove: Achmed, Aladdin, and the witch race back to stop Peri Baru's forced marriage to the Emperor of China's weird little troll buddy.
* RescueSex: See GettingCrapPastTheRadar above.
* ShapeshifterShowdown: The witch and the evil wizard have one of these initially, then start throwing fireballs at each other
* ShapeshiftingLover: Peri Banu and her handmaidens use feathered gowns to transform into birds.
* ShipperOnDeck: At the very least, Achmed seems okay with his sister marrying Aladdin.
* StockholmSyndrome: After the shock of the original kidnapping wears off, Peri Banu seems more than happy to stay with Achmed. After Achmed is willing to let her go, she takes pity on him and even resists when the spirits of her homeland try to bring her back.
* StopMotion: Being the oldest animated feature film period, this is also the oldest surviving example of a stop motion animated feature, although the trope actually dates back at least as far as ''Film/TheCameramansRevenge'' (1912).
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The horse just kind of disappears midway through the movie.
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