Michael Sporn has posted about Emanuele Luzzati, the “Italian designer, who worked with Giulio Gianini in creating some wonderful animated cut-out films.”
Mr. Sporn has updated his site with examples of the Luzzati/Gianini film, The Thieving Magpie, "the first of their films to receive an Oscar nomination." http://www.michaelspornanimation.com/splog/?p=943
Mr. Luzzati was also an author and illustrator. You can see examples of his illustration here.