Today’s Doodle is an intricate and utterly charming homage to Lotte Reiniger, the literal cutting-edge filmmaker who would have turned 117 today.
Reiniger, who as Google notes predated “Walt Disney by a decade,” worked in stop-motion silhouettes to create moody and evocative scenes that drew inspiration from filmmakers George Méliès and Paul Wegener and Chinese shadow puppetry. The German-born artist worked on Wegener’s 1918 animated film “The Pied Piper of Hamelin,” met such avant-garde artists as Bertolt Brecht in Berlin, collaborated with greats such as Jean Renoir and achieved a feature-film pinnacle with 1926’s “The Adventures of Prince Achmed.”
Inspired by Reiniger’s “primitive caveman artist” approach, Google artist Olivia Huynh set up her own seven-foot camera rig with different levels of glass allowing her to create interactive depth with her animated silhouettes.
Nearly a century after Reiniger began to make her mark as a pioneering woman in early animation, Huynh and her collaborators do her creative justice in vintage style. With jointed silhouettes that are moving simply, they create an homage that is simply moving.