This Director Influenced Fairy-Tale Films with Silhouette Animation

Who: Charlotte "Lotte" Reiniger, a pioneer in silhouette animation; she directed and created one of the first feature-length animated films; June 2, 1899–June 19, 1981

Why She Dazzles: Lotte created dreamy films with scissors, paper, and her extraordinary creativity. She positioned a camera above her animation table and took pictures of 250,000 hand-cut silhouettes for the world's first feature-length animated film, The Adventures of Prince Achmed

Why You Need to Know Her Today: Take a look at what she did to make Cinderella even more magical. Lotte's revolutionary multi-plane, stop-motion technique also influenced animation in Disney films, such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Sleeping Beauty. Her films still influence animated fairy-tale films today.

What She Would Say Today—Because She Said It Then: “I believe in the truth of fairy tales more than I believe in the truth in the newspaper.”

What the Ladies Rocked Then: Long pearl flapper necklaces layered in varying lengths for all necklines were worn by all women in the Roaring Twenties. Drop earrings dangling beneath short hair—to show the neck—were the rage because of the era’s emphasis on movement, so any stone surrounded by sparkle was award-winning.

How You Can Rock It Now: Shiny black onyx, a powerful protection stone that absorbs negative energy, provides strength and is perfect for meditation and dreaming. It was a popular stone used during the art deco period and is ideal for a director of fairy-tale films.

Where She May Like to Instagram: Sleeping Beauty's castle was real! Well, kind of. Neuschwanstein Castle, located on top of a hill in the idyllic Alpine foothills, is one of the most visited castles in Germany. It's also the inspiration for the castles seen in Disney's Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. Lotte's own film, The Sleeping Beauty, debuted in 1954 with her visually stunning silhouettes.

Shop the Sparkle: Silhouette Spectacle

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Lotte Reiniger: Beautiful. Bold. Brilliant.