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Ten years before Disney, Charlotte "Lotte" Reiniger made breathtaking animated features before fleeing the Nazis - Stop Motion Silhouette Animation and the link includes a short video of her work

Lotte Reiniger

This is a black-and-gold silhouette illustration of Thumbelina by Lotte Reiniger, from The Illustrated London News, Christmas Number B.

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Still from the film "The Adventures of Prince Achmed" by German film director & the foremost pioneer of silhouette animation, Lotte Reiniger via the anatomy of melancholy

Made in 1926 by Lotte Reiniger. Based on stories from "The Arabian Nights". The entire film is animated using the silhouette technique, which employs movable cardboard and metal cutouts posed in front of illuminated sheets of glass.

Film still from Lotte Reiniger's The Adventures of Prince Achmed [Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed], from The Seymour Centre, University of Sydney.

Lotte Reiniger, The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)

The Adventures of Prince Achmed 1926 film. Art and design by Lotte Reiniger.