Google Doodle celebrates Lotte Reiniger

Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the 117th birthday of a little-known German animated filmmaker, Lotte Reiniger (1899-1981), with a 1½ minute animation, in her style, that you can see by clicking the screenshot below.

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Here’s one of her shorter movies, “Cinderella” (“Aschenputtel”) made in 1922, several years before sound was added to movies:

Four years later she made the first full-length animated movie, “The Adventures of Prince Achmed,” which you can see here (German captions only); it antedated “Snow White”—the first such film made in English—by 11 years.  Her films were immensely successful, and required tedious work: cutting out black paper silhouettes and photographing them frame by frame as they were moved. (I haven’t been able to find a video of another feature, “Doktor Doolittle und seine Tiere,” or “Doctor Doolittle and his Animals.”)

Lotte Reiniger bei der Arbeit am Prinzen Achmed Copyright: Stadtmuseum Tübingen

Lotte Reiniger working on Prince Achmed. Photo: Stadtmuseum Tübingen


  1. GBJames
    Posted June 2, 2016 at 8:29 am | Permalink


  2. Posted June 2, 2016 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    I love her style. Very nice.

  3. rickflick
    Posted June 2, 2016 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    I had never known of this film maker. Quite interesting. Here’s a film where she describes her technique in some detail.

  4. Posted June 2, 2016 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    Oh WOW! This must be the film my mother raved about, she was born 1925 and saw it in school. The first film she saw, created some very special memories for her.

  5. darrelle
    Posted June 2, 2016 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    Amazing talent with scissors!

  6. Diana MacPherson
    Posted June 2, 2016 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    She tells the story so well!

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