Lotte Reiniger Google Doodle honors groundbreaking animated film-maker & her innovative style

by Amy Gesenhues
Today’s Google doodle celebrates German animator and film director Grace Lotte Reiniger on what would have been her 117th birthday. Reiniger is credited with creating the first full-length animated film, “The Adventures of Achmed.” She would go on to make more than 40 animated films spanning her career.Read the full article

Lotte Reiniger’s 117th Birthday Google Doodle

Lotte Reininger created visually stunning and fantastical films using black cardboard, scissors, and boundless imagination. Pre-dating Walt Disney by nearly a decade, Reiniger pioneered a style of animation that relied on thousands of photos of paper cut-out silhouettes arranged to tell a story. It was a painstaking process that involved moving paper characters ever so slightly and snapping a photo of each movement. She created many films over the years, including The Adventures of Prince Achmed, the oldest surviving feature length animation. Nearly a century later, Reiniger continues to inspire animators and artists. On what would have been her 117th birthday, we celebrate Reiniger’s limitless creativity and pioneering spirit. Original Music: Silas Hite (, Max Steiner Agency ( See more Google Doodles at

Behind The Doodle: Lotte Reiniger - #NatAndLo 15

SUBSCRIBE: FOLLOW US: TWEET THIS: For a while now, we’ve been wanting to meet the Doodle team and learn more about how they make the Google doodles, so we were super excited to meet animator and doodler Olivia, to hear how she created the Lotte Reiniger doodle to celebrate her 117th birthday on June 2nd. See the Lotte Reiniger doodle if you haven’t already! → Want to find out more about Lotte Reiniger? → Check out past doodles in the Doodle Archive→ Film footage courtesy of Primrose Productions/BFI National Archive Thanks to our friend and dad to Wally the dog, Vibe Mountain, for the music in this episode, and Fall On Your Sword. :) Nat & Lo's 20% Project -- a show about all the stuff we're curious about at Google.