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Two Paper Puppet films by Lotte Reiniger
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“Helen La Belle” (1957) “A Night In A Harem” (1958)

In 1956, Lotte Reiniger partnered with a British company called Fantasia Productions to create animated paper puppet films in color. She only ended up making two films under this agreement, “Helen La Belle” and “A Night In A Harem”. The films were thought to only survive in fragmentary form until the British Film Institute combined two prints of each to create complete films.

“La Belle Helene” Synopsis: Paris, the son of King Priamos receives an apple intended for the fairest Goddess of all. Three Goddesses vie for the honor- Juno, Minerva and Venus. Each promises Paris a gift in return for being chosen, but Paris chooses Venus. Mercury takes Paris to meet Helena, wife of King Menelaos. Paris and Helena fall in love. The Gods conspire to kidnap King Menelaos so the couple can be alone.

“A Night In A Harem” Synopsis: Newlyweds traveling by hot air ballon are stranded when their balloon crash lands in the desert. Arab soldiers tie the groom to a palm tree and abduct his bride. She is taken to the Sultan, who locks her in his harem. The groom befriends a lion who leads him to the Sultan’s court. He attempts to rescue her, but is captured himself. At the last minute, the couple escapes when the balloon miraculously reappears.

These two films are unique because they are not silhouette films. The joints in the puppets are clearly visible. This reveals aspects of Reiniger’s technique that aren’t visible in her silhouette films.

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July 25th, 2017

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Illustration: Huckleberry Hound and Rocky & Bullwinkle Golden Books

Huck Hound Builds A House

We scanned Golden Books today… First up was Huckleberry Hound Builds A House. Published in 1959, this was one of the earliest Hanna Barbera books, and it’s one of the best. These H-B characters were beautifully designed and perfectly suited to the TV medium. This book was laid out by Harvey Eisenberg and painted by Al White.

Huck Hound Builds A House

Huck Hound Builds A House

Huck Hound Builds A House

Huck Hound Builds A House

Huck Hound Builds A House

Huck Hound Builds A House

Here is another TV cartoon related Golden Book by Ben De Nunez and Al White.

Rocky And His Friends is interesting because it depicts the characters in a very different way than they appeared in the TV series. White sees the characters as solid objects, not flat designs, and he renders them in a variety of different lighting situations. This book also has a nice balance of textures.

Rocky and Bullwinkle

Rocky and Bullwinkle

Rocky and Bullwinkle

Rocky and Bullwinkle

Rocky and Bullwinkle

Rocky and Bullwinkle

Rocky and Bullwinkle

Rocky and Bullwinkle

Rocky and Bullwinkle

Rocky and Bullwinkle

Rocky and Bullwinkle

Rocky and Bullwinkle

Rocky and Bullwinkle

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July 25th, 2017

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