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The Invention of Hugo Cabret

The Invention of Hugo Cabret


by Brian Selznick

The Invention of Hugo Cabret Resources


Magic Portals

Think the book is pretty magical? The website is equally as magical and interactive, with lots of drawings and fun tidbits about the characters and story.

All Those Movies

If you want to see a full list of all the movies that Georges Méliès made, check out his IMDb page. This guy had quite the resume.

About a Man

If you want to learn more about the man behind all that real-life movie magic, you can read more about Méliès’ life here.

Movie Magic

Check out the official website for Hugo, the movie, which is at least as awesome as the book.

Movie or TV Productions

Hugo (2011)

This movie version of the book also happens to be a tribute to moviemaking in general. And who better to help such a tribute than the ever-awesome Martin Scorsese?

Articles and Interviews

Selznick Interview

If you’re just dying to know more about what Selznick has to say about his book, you can check out his interview with WBEZ here. Spoiler alert: they talk about magicians.

Scorsese Interview

If this book teaches us anything, it’s that filmmakers are very important folks who bring magic into the world. With that in mind, don’t forget to check out this interview with Martin Scorsese, the director of Hugo!


The Real Méliès

Believe it or not, Georges Méliès was a real live filmmaker. And those films that captured Hugo’s and Isabelle’s attention so well? Those are real too. Check out A Trip to the Moon, with added soundtrack.

Hugo Trailer

If you’re on the fence about seeing the movie (although we don't really see how that's possible) you can check out the trailer online and make your final decision.

Méliès's The Black Devil

We promise, it's not a scary flick.

Méliès's The Conjurer

Starring Georges himself. And is that Mama Jeanne, his lovely wife and assistant?


The Real Scoop

Listen to Brian Selznick, the man behind the magic (of this book, at least) talking about The Invention of Hugo Cabret and where his ideas came from.

Brian Selznick, Ferroequinologist

Who likes train stations? Brian Selznick, that’s who. Check out this interview of the book’s author exploring Grand Central Station’s “secrets.” Hmm, he sounds like a certain boy we know…


That’s Gotta Hurt

If you don’t understand why the train crash that happened was the stuff of nightmares for Hugo, take a look at this real photograph.

Mustachioed Glory

As facial hair grows, this stuff is pretty awesome.

A Day at the Movies

Awww, look at this cute film still from Hugo of the titular character and Isabelle watching a movie.

The Station Today

The Gare Montparnasse train station has definitely been updated since Hugo’s time…

Got something in your eye, there?

Ouch! Here’s the famous image from A Trip to the Moon that Hugo’s automaton drew.

Paris at Night

Paris at night really does look pretty magical. We bet the view that Hugo and Isabelle saw from the glass clocks was breathtaking!

Little Man

Hugo’s automaton probably looked something like this one, except for that creepy face!

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