20 December 2010 | boblipton
A Pussycat but no Owl
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.