The Dragonfly jumped in the summer, danced, and the ant was collecting supplies for the winter. Winter came. The Dragonfly did not have time to look back, but there is already nothing left.... See full summary »
A partly-animated short film, a fairy-tale-like telling of why the nightingale only sings at night. A young girl who has caught a nightingale dreams about the nightingale and its mate, and ... See full summary »
Mr Beetle seeks companionship from a statuesque dragonfly dancer, unaware that her ex-boyfriend, a slender grasshopper and an industrious cameraman, watches their every move. Will Mrs Beetle forgive him? Will he get away with adultery?
Two men, a painter and a poor guy, have to cross over Paris by night during World War II and to deliver black market meat. As they walk along dark Parisian streets, they encounter various ... See full summary »
Wladyslaw Starewicz came to film making through an unusual route: he was an entomologist who wished to film his bugs, but the hot lights kept killing them, so he would use their carapaces to film stop-motion efforts, which he did using a fine sense of humor and a great sense of fantasy. When he designed mythical creatures like undines, he used frog skins.
In this one, we have a fantasy about some animals on a honeymoon cruise. It looks a lot like one of his competitors' efforts, the new kid on the block, George Pal.
It's silly and fun and notice how he likes to sit the camera for a time and then pan fast to another shot in the same scene. It's an example of a swish cut. He uses them in other films, too.
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