Jillian Tamaki

Lotte Reiniger

Oct 11th, 2009

Yesterday Sam and I watched Lotte Reiniger’s Prince Achmed, which some consider the first animated film (1927). It was done using little hinged silhouettes. We were absolutely spellbound. How did we not know of her work earlier? (Note: we rented it thru Netflix)

Unfortunately there aren’t that many good clips I could find. This is one of the opening sequence, although it doesn’t really allude to the complexity and sophistication achieved in other sequences. Still, you can see the creativity and charm possible within such a “restrictive” medium. I love it when the wizard looks in the mirror at the end.

Here is another later film, Hansel and Gretel.