Lotte Reiniger, animation pioneer, predated Walt Disney by more than a decade

Vox has an article about Lotte Reiniger – commemorated in today’s Google Doodle – who in 1926 released the first animated feature film which was apparently beat Disney to the punch by 10 years. The film was so unprecedented “no theatre dared show it.

Reiniger pioneered silhouette animation: Hand-making detailed black cardboard cutouts put together with wire hinges, she would bring her puppets to life by capturing small movements frame by frame on a multi-plane camera with a strong backlight. It took Reiniger, and her partner Charles Koch, three years and 96,000 frames to make The Adventures of Prince Achmed.

“Fude Samurai” Made with Grease Pencil v2 in Blender

If you haven’t seen anything about this yet, Grease Pencil is a plugin within the free 3d program Blender that started as a tool to allow animators to give notes on scenes and strengthen poses by using 2d drawings as a guide. A 3d animator named Daniel M. Lara has been posting short bits of animation showing off what the plugin will do for 2d animators and I have to say it’s incredible. This could really revitalize the 2d animation community. The best part of all of this? Blender is FREE! Granted, it’s not an easy tool to understand or use but they seem to be getting better and better at making the interface easier to use. Really looking forward to this tool coming out of beta.

“Fric Frac” by Oscar Malet

Animation student Oscar Malet’s 3rd year animation film made in 2 months at MOPA (formerly Supinfocom Arles). malet.oscar(at)

Wow! What a great little film. It has ambience, mood, some really nice slapstick and a pleasing character design. And I can NOT get over the rendering of that Bug! AmaZing to see the quality that the animation schools are turning out these days.

A thief goes into a garage to steal a car, but things don’t turn out as expected… Made with 3dsmax/VRay/Zbrush/Marvelous/Substance Painter/After Effects/Premiere Pro/Audition

Rod Serling on Kamikazes | Blank on Blank | PBS Digital Studios

Thanks to PBS Digital Studios and its series Blank on Blank, we have this beautiful animation of an interview with The Twilight Zone’s Rod Serling. His ideas about science fiction, children, and imagination all get expressed in a wonderful way.