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The Father of Stop Motion Animation and His Films Starring Dead Bugs

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Stop motion animation was already being used in the late 1890′s as a way to make objects in films move by “magic,” but full stop-motion animated films like the ones of today didn’t come to be until around 1910. When they did, one of the great pioneers of the technique was Russian photographer and entomologist Wladyslaw Starewicz.

A lover of bugs, he famously used the critters to animate elaborate stop motion films, some of which are still considered among the best of all time. Of those films, The Cameraman’s Revenge is probably his most famous; a stop motion masterpiece featuring husband and wife beetles and their experiments with infidelity.

The quality of the animation is incredible, especially when you consider that it was filmed in 1912:

Other famous films animated by Mr. Starewicz include The Beautiful Leukanida, The Grasshopper and the Ant, and The Tale of the Fox; the second of those got him decorated by the Czar, and the third is said to have inspired Wes Anderson to make his Fantastic Mr. Fox.

To see more of Starewicz’s work, just type his name into YouTube and enjoy. For movies shot in the early 1910′s, we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

(via Slate)


 
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  • http://www.facebook.com/leoabreuphoto Leonardo Abreu

    GENIUS

  • http://twitter.com/leonattico lee-o

    Brilliant!

  • Oskar

    W spelling of the name is specific to Polish names. The correct English spelling of the name would be: Vladislav Starevich

  • Oskar

    Sorry, I just found out he had Polish parrents. So, the spelling is right.

  • Piotrek Ziolkowski

    Success has many fathers…It’s sad to see Wladyslaw Starewicz being called French or Russian-he was neither. At the time Poland was being occupied by Tsarist Russia – and a hard ruler Russia was. His parents were Polish patriots, his father fought in 1863 uprising and had to go into hiding to avoid being sent to Siberia. He spoke Polish and called himself Polish, he just lived and created in Russia and later France.