Friday, December 20, 2013

At the Nickelodeon: The Insects' Christmas (1913) dir. Wladyslaw Starewicz

This is probably the dreamiest and most enchanting Christmas film I've ever seen. A Father Christmas ornament leaves the cozy confines of an indoor Christmas tree in the middle of the night on Christmas Eve and journeys outside to construct a Christmas Tree and bestow gifts upon the deserving insects and amphibians of the forest. The ladybugs, dragonflies, assorted beetles, and a lanky frog are all pleased to accept Father Christmas' invitation to the celebration. It's difficult to believe that this Russian stop-action animation film was made 100 years ago. And as a huge fan of John Denver's "Alfie: The Christmas Tree", the combination of Christmas mythology and the critters of nature gets me every time.

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