A lovely new podcast, produced in July 2018 by Susan Stone, and presented by Katy Derbyshire and Florian Duijsens.
Our podcast producer Susan Stone tells the story of Lotte Reiniger, a true pioneer of animation (and psaligraphy!). At the end, Dead Ladies Show co-founders/hosts Katy and Florian chat with Susan about exciting developments and podcasts.
Here’s Lotte, cutting up a storm.
Her first animated work was called Das Ornament des verliebten Herzens [The ornament of the heart in love] (1919).
This is the Tricktisch she developed, and that’s Carl there at the top, working the camera.
Lotte reveals the Marquise’s secret.
These are some highlights from The Adventures of Prince Ahmed (1926), replete with flying horse, evil magician, and beautiful helpless harem girls.
Lotte in her studio in the Abbey Arts Centre, London, still cutting up a storm.
Lotte remade her German fairytale series for British and US audiences, including the gorgeous Thumbelina below in 1955. She stopped animating in the 1960s after Carl’s death, but returned to her work in 1975, creating three more films before her death.
If you want to know more about Lotte, start with Lotte Reiniger: Pioneer of Film Animation by Whitney Grace, check out that Google doodle, and you can buy a DVD copy of The Adventures of Prince Ahmed here. As for her admirers, check out the trailer for Michel Ocelot’s Tales of the Night, and definitely watch Rebecca Sugar’s Steven Universe, a gorgeous TV show that paid tribute Lotte in their episode “The Answer”.
Our theme music is “Little Lily Swing” by Tri-Tachyon.
Thanks for listening! Check back in September for our next episode.