Monday, February 26, 2024

Lotte Goslar Modeling a Hapless Fairy Godmother for Animators


The December 1958 concern of Dance Journal featured a narrative on Lotte Goslar. The German American dancer and choreographer was skilled by Mary Wigman and Gret Palucca however developed her personal fashion melding dance with miming method, which Dance Journal­ described­ as “warm-hearted and witty comedy mime.” She left Germany­ in 1933 and, after touring with a cabaret firm in Europe­ for just a few years, landed in Los Angeles, the place she started showing in revues in 1943 and based Lotte Goslar’s Pantomime Circus in 1954. The Hollywood-based troupe toured broadly and efficiently, and Goslar additionally picked up work serving as a mannequin for animated cartoons.

The December 1958 story—and that month’s cowl, above—showcased a few of the photographs of Goslar that Playhouse Footage used for reference for a sequence of animated recruitment trailers commissioned by the U.S. Navy,­ which received a gold medal for the perfect full tv animated movie of 1957 from the New York Artwork Administrators Membership. The movie is the story “of a younger man who desires pleasure from life. His Fairy Godmother, bumbling, turns him first right into a hen, then right into a horse, then right into a medieval knight—and, after all, none of those are what he desires. Then she reaches triple-hard to rework him with a contact of her wand, and in her enthusiasm whacks him, getting him what he desires—an opportunity to hitch the Navy. The wand flies wildly off, Fairy Godmother explodes into skinny air.” 

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