Lotte Reininger created visually stunning and fantastical films using black cardboard, scissors, and boundless imagination. Pre-dating Walt Disney by nearly a decade, Reiniger pioneered a style of animation that relied on thousands of photos of paper cut-out silhouettes arranged to tell a story. It was a painstaking process that involved moving paper characters ever so slightly and snapping a photo of each movement. She created many films over the years, including The Adventures of Prince Achmed, the oldest surviving feature length animation.
Nearly a century later, Reiniger continues to inspire animators and artists. On what would have been her 117th birthday, we celebrate Reiniger’s limitless creativity and pioneering spirit.
Im Stadtmuseum Tübingen ist die weltweit größte Lotte-Reiniger-Sammlung zu Hause. Einen Einblick in die „Welt in Licht und Schatten“ der virtuosen Scherenschnittkünstlerin gibt dieser Kurzfilm.
Foto: Atelier Brückner