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Jack and the Beanstalk (1955)

This classic story is brought to life in elegant silhouette animation by pioneering animator Lotte Reiniger. Her own distinctive method of animating cut-out paper puppets against beautifully painted, back-lit backgrounds creates an astonishingly fluid animation. She also uses multiple layers of silhouettes sandwiched in layers of glass. In order to achieve realistic, complicated movement, Reiniger constructs her puppets from up to fifty separate pieces, all connected using fine wire.

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Clip Details

Record Id 007-002-000-033-C
Resource Rights Holder BFI
Project Ref STST2-12
Year of Production 1955
Genre Folk Lore
Curriculum Areas subjects
Who Carl Koch (Animator), Lotte Reiniger (Director, Animator), Louis Hagen (Producer), Vivian Milroy (Producer)
Country of Origin UK
Medium / Content 2D Animation, Fiction, Colour, Sound
Themes Fairytale, Silhouette, Stealing
Clip Length 11:00