The Grasshopper and the Ant [Стрекоза и муравей] (1913)

Directed by Ladislas Starewitch, 5 min.

Sometimes also called “Dragonfly and Ant”; sometimes dated to 1911

Starewitch was a Polish-Lithuanian stop-motion animator who is known for being the creator of the first puppet-animated film in 1910. He used dead insects that were modified with wax and string.

The Tsar Nicholas II presented Starewitch with an award for this film, which tells the traditional Aesopic fable of industry and indolence in a grim, realistic style.

He would go on to produce another puppet version of this fable in French, as “La Cigale et la Fourmi” in 1927, as a part of a series of six animated fables based on Fontaine’s work.


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