Friday, December 21, 2012

The Insects Christmas

A fascinating 1913 Stop Motion animation by the innovative Polish film maker, Vladislav (Ladislas) Starevich (1882-1965) for the Russian film company of Aleksandr Khanzhonkov. He was a natural historian and his attempts to recreate the natural behavior of insects led to his fascination with the astop motion technique. The figures are articulated by using wax joints and of course were posed for each segmant of the animation, which assembled created the effect of natural motion. He was so good that a British reviewer actually thought he had some used "trained insects". The music for this restored version of the film is by Danny Elf man from Edward Scissor Hands.

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