(1892-1965). Polish filmmaker and pioneer animator (First filmmaker to use stop motion animation for narrative). His film career began producing documentaries in Moscow around 1909. In his spare time, he experimented with stop motion animation, animating insects, which he articulated by wiring the legs of beetles to their thorax with sealing wax. His "The Battle of the Stag Beetles", was the first puppet-animated film. His short films were popular in Russia (his third, "The Ant and the Grasshopper," received an honor from the Tsar). When the Russian Revolution came, he fled to Paris and settled in Fontenay-sous-Bois. For the rest of his life, he created surreal puppet animations on film. Some of his noted works:
  • The Insect's Christmas (1913)
  • Frogland (1923)
  • The Mascot (a.k.a. Puppet Love a.k.a. The Devil's Ball)
  • The Tale of the Fox (1939)
Many of his films have been lost, and they are rarely shown, although their influence can be seen in the work of other animators like George Pal and Henry Selick.

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