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Out of the Shadows: How Lotte Reiniger Made the First Animated Fairytale Movie



written and illustrated by
Fiona Robinson

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Abrams
Imprint
Abrams
ISBN
9781419740855
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An innovative picture book biography about an unsung hero of early animation

Lotte Reiniger (1899–1981) was a German film director and animator best known for The Adventures of Prince Achmed, which was released in 1926 and is the oldest surviving animated movie. (It came out a full 11 years before Disney’s Snow White!) As a little kid, Reiniger loved reading fairytales and fell in love with puppetry. At school, she learned about paperschnitte, or papercuts, which helped her create her signature style of silhouettes. She grew up to make more than 40 films throughout her long career, most of which were fairytales that used her stop-film animation technique of hand-cut silhouettes. Reiniger is now seen as the foremost pioneer of silhouette animation and the inventor of an early form of the multiplane camera. With art inspired by Reiniger’s cut-paper style and a text that uses a fairytale motif that mimics her movies, Out of the Shadows is a sweeping tribute to one of most important figures of animation, whose influence still resonates today.

Author’s note. Note on The Adventures of Prince Achmed. “Lotte Reiniger Movies Suitable for Children.” Bibliography. Suggested resources. Full-color illustrations created using scissor-cut silhouette, watercolors, and felt pen.

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Format

Print

Page Count

48

Trim Size

9" x 12"

Dewey

B

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jul 2022

Book Genres

Picture Book, Autobiography/Biography

Topics

Lotte Reiniger (1899–1981). Women animators. Germany. Stop-motion animation films. Twentieth-century German history. Performing arts. 

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