This is about Lotte Reiniger, a pioneer silhouette animator.
Created by Elena Loi
When Lotte Reiniger was featured on the Google Doodle for her 117th birthday.
I chose the animator, Lotte Reiniger because of her patience in drawing and cutting out each scene of her animations by hand. Even though many of her animations have no sound, the viewer can still tell what is happening and what the story is trying to convey. Reiniger simply uses characters’ actions to show emotion and thoughts to the point where someone can guess what the character could have said. Lotte Reiniger is considered an animation pioneer because she’s one of the first animators who did silhouette animation. While most of her work was short animations, one of them was a film that took three years to complete. Without using facial expressions and sounds, she could still tell a story through hand motions and pictures.
Lotte Reiniger was born in Berlin, Germany in the Charlottenburg District on June 2nd, 1899. While she inspired to be an actor, she later became a silhouette animator. In 1922, she produced her version of Aschenputtel, or better known as Cinderella. It was described as “evocative and engrossing” by Dan North of Spectacular Attractions. In 1926, Reiniger released her first film, The Adventures of Prince Achmed. It took three years to complete and is often called the first full-length animation in cinema. In her short, The Death-feigning Chinaman, Reiniger accidentally has her hand caught on camera and it is a permanent signature left by the animator for all viewers to see. In the 1930’s, she left Germany along with her husband, Carl Koch, in order to escape World War II. They both received British Citizenship and eventually created Primrose Productions. She later on released Aucassinand Nicolette in 1975 and The Rose and the Ringin in 1979. Lotte Reiniger was 82 when she died in Dettenhausen, Germany on June 19th, 1981. She is forever remembered as being one of the foremost pioneers of silhouette animating as all of her works were captivating and engaging to the audience.
Examples of Lotte Reiniger's Works
The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)
Hansel and Gretel (1961)
Lotte Reiniger's Google Doodle. Digital image.Https://i.ytimg.com/vi/5yx_swR1R4Q/hqdefault.jpg. N.p., n.d. Web.
Lotte Reiniger. Digital image.Http://www.animationresources.org/pics/achmedreiniger.jpg. N.p., n.d. Web.
Lotte Reiniger and Carl Koch. Digital image.Https://beckyannewatts.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/reiniger-koch-paris.jpg. N.p., n.d. Web.
Lotte Reiniger's Cinderella. Digital image.Http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_iSwCsgcQqEM/S1IFwytueSI/AAAAAAAAAQ8/8KoGYSJGGIg/s320/cinderella+5.png. N.p., n.d. Web.
Lotte Reiniger's Hansel and Gretel. Digital image.Http://www.bfi.org.uk/sites/bfi.org.uk/files/page/hansel-and-gretel-1955-001-children-looking-up-at-witch-00o-6nz-1000x750.jpg. N.p., n.d. Web.
Lotte Reiniger's The Adventures of Prince Achmed. Digital image.Http://i1249.photobucket.com/albums/hh514/djevojka1/LotteReiniger/5407850723_a676be5039_b.jpg. N.p., n.d. Web.
Lotte Reiniger's Aschenputtel. Digital image.Https://i.ytimg.com/vi/Kku75vGDD_0/hqdefault.jpg. N.p., n.d. Web.
Boult, Adam. "Who Is Lotte Reiniger?" The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group, n.d. Web. 07 Sept. 2016.