“The Fox Sisters” is an animated short film created in 2010 by Stine Nymand Svensson and Elianna Morningstar Hansen as part of The Animation Workshop. The video is based on a concept by Laura Büchert Schjødt and is loosely based on the story of the Hydesville Fox sisters who gave birth to the Spiritualist movement in the United States. The film portrays older sister Leah abandoning younger sisters Katie and Maggie, then constructs an account of their childhood showing the siblings falling into questionable professional and family customs. This short film is beautifully animated. The colors and imagery of “The Fox Sisters” reflect the darkness of the fictionalized characters’ experience.
If you want to see other creative and fantastic animated projects that come out of Denmark’s The Animation Workshop, check out their Vimeo channel, Made in Viborg, or their YouTube channel, which is updated every Wednesday.
If you’re interested in the Fox sisters and spiritualism, check out The Hydesville Ghost Pack. The Hydesville Pack includes a newly published reprint of the book A Report on the Mysterious Noises Heard in the House of Mr. John D. Fox, which collects the accounts of neighbors of the Fox Family following the ghostly events of March 31, 1848. (Book also available at Lulu.) Pack also includes full-color postcard of the Fox cottage, parchment bookmark, and other fun assorted items. Kit comes prewrapped in paper and string, ready for gift-giving.