Wizard of Oz Valentine’s Day Cards. ‘
The Adventures of Prince Achmen.
The oldest surviving animated film in history.
Nonono, you don’t understand how AWESOME this movie is
because it’s not done by a big production firm, or someone with a name as big as Walt Disney, no
the writer and “mind” behind this film was a WOMAN
yes, my dear tumblr peeps, the very first trick animator in the world was a young German woman who had an idea, and enough friends and time to make a feature-length animated film. And it took her three years
because the way this movie (and some shorter works she actually did before Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed) are done is really, really complex. You see those leaves, and the hair of the figures? Yes.
That’s hand-cut paper.
Lotte Reiniger - that’s her name, my friends - always loved the art beind the Chinese shadow puppetry, and after she heard a lecture by Paul Wegener (famous vor the early movies Der Golem and Der Student von Prag) about the possibilites of animated movies, she wanted to combine these two things.
And guys, how she combined it…
Most of the puppets and scenerey she made all by herself. Her friends set up a special table that was lighted from underneath, and in the later movies she would even change the colours of the background mid-scene to change the atmosphere. Above it was a camera, shooting photos of the scenes that she moved milimetre for milimetre for those 16 pictures per second she needed for her movie.
Which makes Die Abenteuer von Prinz Achmed not only the first animated feature-length movie, but also the first stop-motion movie.
oh my god this is beautiful
The artist has a few other really lovely comics! I’ve added a source so you can see them.
Vintage Valentine c. 1960’s
Fairy Tale Valentines 1950s/60s
The Castle of KerglasIn search of lesser-known tales, I recently read a few of the Color Fairy books that Andrew Lang edited in the early 1900s. I was expecting something rather pared-down and sanitized, but found that Lang actually worked hard to avoid this stereotype. Many of the stories feature characters that are more rounded (and chatty) than usually appear in such collections.This painting is based off a character from The Castle of Kerglas, from Emile Souvestre’s Le Foyer Breton, which was collected into the Lilac Fairy Book. The story follows a dim young man called Peronnik on his quest to steal some objects from the magician of Kerglas. Just before he reaches the castle, he encounters a mysterious woman in a black satin dress. Peronnik thinks she’s Moorish; later she tells him that she can kill the magician for Peronnik with a touch of her finger because, she says simply, she is the plague.
Siren Song 1&2
I think my new answer for when someone asks me why I am in a wheelchair is, “Retired mermaid.”
Due to an overwhelming demand, the comic I posted on tumblr, “Knot”, is now available for pre-order. We were always planning on getting it printed, but many requested that we do pre-orders so that they could help Knot get printed. So here it is. As you wish!
As they say in the Princess Bride, “as you wish” is just another way of saying “I love you”, and I love all of you. I can’t believe how much people loved “Knot” and it’s characters. You are all wonderful.