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Published on December 18th, 2011 | by Stan


Vintage animation: The Insects’ Christmas

The Insects’ Christmas is a short film from 1913 by the pioneering animator Władysław Starewicz (later Ladislas Starevich).

During his time as director of a natural history museum in Lithuania, Starewicz began making live-action nature documentaries. Apparently he turned to stop-motion while trying to film a battle between stag beetles who kept falling asleep under the stage lights; using dead beetles, wire, and wax, he engineered the scene he was looking for.

There are no beetle battles in The Insects’ Christmas (apart from a Christmas cracker tug of war with a frog), but the film has some magical moments and plenty of old-fashioned charm.

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One Response to Vintage animation: The Insects’ Christmas

  1. Dash says:

    At last! Something clear I can uendrsntad. Thanks!

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