I would consider, “Boogle Doodle”, by Norman McLaren a film because depending on the perspective of the viewer it has a story line. A message. A purpose. Something for the reader to give into. Although it didn’t consist of verbal conversation, or human characters or actors, this film did provide a visual moving story. And I think that’s the baseline of what any film requires. They utilized music audio to help set a tone.
The message and purpose that I myself as the viewer was able to grasp from this film was basically evolution. The processes and changes of life. The never ending chase. The film creator was able to depict the beauty of the chase of love, life and evolution. He did this through his use of audio, color and graphics.