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.
Chubby Inuit mermaids with sleek seal tails
Sleek Japanese mermaids with orange and white koi bodies
Dark, scaly mermaids with enormous white eyes so that they can hunt at the bottom of the sea
Small mermaids with spiky, poisonous lionfish bodies
Mermaids with sharp teeth and shark tails that hunt sailors for fun
Mermaids that aren’t just skinny blonde pretty girls with fish tails
Are these okay?
Moving on the Wires: Articles and Posts from This Week
Afua Richardson’s “Komaid Queen”
Below are some news stories and opinion pieces that I collected…
This is powerful! | via Facebook auf We Heart It. http://weheartit.com/entry/63011959?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=image_share&utm_source=tumblr
Peau d’Âne by Anne Romby on We Heart It. http://weheartit.com/entry/81801104/via/ative3
rapunzel with some beautiful dreads talking to bird and what not.
(yes that is a tiny rapunzel with her hair loose in the corner.)
I was bored (and procrastinating) so i doodled her up, enjoy
Unfinished : It’s been at least a year since I’ve done something like this. Eh, it’s cool…not too bad…
A storybook classic and one of my few successes in my final semester! This Goldilocks was a merit selection 3x3’s 2012 student show, which I was thrilled about. :)
“The Steadfast Tin Soldier” by Elizabeth MacKinstry (1933)
“The Fairy Godmother waved her hand and a mirror appeared. Cinderella gasped. There in the reflection - standing in the same disordered kitchen, among the drying laundry and dirty pots and pans - was the most beautiful princess she had ever seen. Could it really be her?”
Wandering the corridors of Tumblr, I’ve discovered that most of the Cinderella posts feature the Disney princess in various iterations, with her blonde up-do and big blue eyes. Red Riding Hood, in contrast, appears in many different guises. If Cinderella had never become a Disney film, would this character also possess more faces?
I do appreciate the beauty of the Disney version. She’s iconic and instantly recognizable. But at the same time, I wish that more artists like Kelley would share their own takes on Cinderella. Especially when I see this beautiful illustration.
Have you made or seen any unique interpretations of Cinderella? Let us know!
Reminds me of 20th Century Fox’s Anastasia. Her dress and crown at the end (I think. or her dress from her childhood/one of those Rasputin dreams.) and her hair too.