My apologies for the delay in posting something new here, but I think this time of year gets the best of most of us, and even I, blessed with an Evil Twin as I am, am still not immune. However, I have an excuse – I have been preparing a small gift for you! In scanning the interwebs a few weeks back for something unique and seasonal to share with you I came across a wonderful online resource for all manner of public domain content, The Internet Archive. While there, I discovered a small gem of an animated film called “The Star of Bethlehem”, made in 1921 by German animator Lotte Reiniger, which tells, in a simple and charming way, the story of the Nativity.
I have to confess, my knowledge of early animation history is pretty poor, so this discovery gave me a great opportunity to learn more about this remarkable and accomplished lady, including this little mythbusting discovery. Know how everyone believes that Walt Disney was responsible for the first feature length animated film, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” in 1937? Well, in fact the woman who made “Star of Bethlehem” was also responsible for 1926′s “The Adventures Of Prince Achmed”, which was animated in a similar “silhouette” style, and also happens to be feature length (though, at 65 minutes, it’s short by today’s standards, and 18 minutes shorter than “Snow White”). At any rate, any opportunity to celebrate the holiday season AND help to correct a misconception is a happy occasion!
Anyway, enough with the history – what I have done with this film as a way to celebrate the season, to bring the accomplishments of this wonderful and groundbreaking artist to your attention, and to thank you all for your support as my business has grown over the year, is to underscore it with some familiar seasonal music (with a few Evil Twinnish twists here and there). For the sake of convenience, I’ve split the film up into four sections, each corresponding to a theme or two, so you can pick and choose which parts you want to watch.
In closing 2011, let me say that it’s been an incredible year with lots of opportunities to work with some terrifically creative folks – I feel very blessed to know you, and look forward to much more of the same in 2012. Moreover, I wish every one of you reading this a wonderful holiday season!
It was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well,
if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us!
And so, as Tiny Tim observed, “God Bless Us, Every One!
- Charles Dickens