If you are alive and you live on Planet Earth, you use Google. If you use Google, you saw the birthday doodle yesterday in honor of Lotte Reiniger's 117th birthday. Esther saw it. She watched the doodle while we were at the library. In the great spirit of following your nose, a.k.a. curiosity, she decided to dig deeper.
It turns out that Ms. Reiniger hand cut shadow puppets to portray stories in film. Her work is one of the earliest forms of film animation. Did you hear me? She HAND CUT the paper shapes. With her hands. And scissors. If that isn't crafty, I don't know what is. Also, laser cutting and digital animation were not invented yet.
|Ms. Reiniger using her hands.|
But you can watch the entire Cinderella film here. Don't miss the lovely light fixtures and check out the the detail on the ends of the hour and minute hands of the ominous clock. Thank you Lotte!