There appears to be some debate on the origens of this short film. Russia, Germany, Poland?
It is a stop motion animation made by Ladislaw Starewicz in 1913 and it is hypnotic.
According to Wikipedia "Ladislas Starevich (August 8, 1882 - February 26, 1965), born Władysław Starewicz, was a Polish, Russian and French stop-motion animator who used insects and animals as his protagonists."
Since live animals were difficult to work with, he often used dead animals as puppets. Weird but interesting.
Anyone with more information on the film, please feel free to comment.