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Google debuts Doodle celebrating legendary animator Lotte Reiniger

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Marilyn Malara
Google celebrated legendary animator Lotte Reiniger's 117th birthday with its own paper cut-out animation. Screenshot photo by Google.com
Google celebrated legendary animator Lotte Reiniger's 117th birthday with its own paper cut-out animation. Screenshot photo by Google.com

WASHINGTON, June 2 (UPI) -- Google has debuted a new Doodle clip honoring the 117th birthday of animation pioneer Charlotte "Lotte" Reiniger.

The clip, created entirely out of paper cut-outs and the painstaking work of stop-motion photography, was created by doodler Olivia Huynh and uploaded to the site Thursday.

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With original music by Silas Hite, the short video sees the silhouette of Reiniger as she brings her own paper cut-out animation to life. All the scenery and characters in the clip were created in Reiniger's signature animation style, Huynh said in a behind-the-scenes video.

Artist Huynh also built her own large camera rig in order to create the animation, saying the famous animator had an even larger one which was operated by another as she animated from below.

Charlotte "Lotte" Reiniger was born in Germany in 1899 and grew to create the first-ever feature length animated film using silhouette animation. Throughout her career, the artist created more than 40 films telling different stories from The Adventures of Prince Achmed -- her first feature -- to The Frog Prince.

Reiniger's next feature after Achmed was Doctor Dolittle and His Animals, created in 1928.

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In 1972, the animator was awarded with the Filmband in Gold from the Deutscher Filmpreis and in 1979 received the Great Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

She died in 1981 at the age of 82, but still greatly influences animators, artists and filmmakers all over the world. Much of her work is on view at the Stadtsmuseum Tübingen in Germany and the BFI National Archive.

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