Lotte Reiniger was a brilliant German animator. Her style consisted of taking black silhouette cut-outs and animating them. Her first short film was made in 1919 and in 1926 she made one of the earliest full length animated movies – The Adventures of Prince Achmed (It’s actually the third full length animated movie ever made but the first two are currently considered lost).
BFI has just released an awesome collection of her short films. It’s a shame that it’s only available in England but for those folks out there who have all region capabilities, this DVD is quite the treat.
Here are some examples of her work.
Here’s a making of feature showing Reiniger at work.