Boy and girl are fighting as a part of their game. They start slowly by drawing pictures: girl draws flower, boy draws car which run over flower, girl destroys car on a drawing etc... Their... See full summary »
To a percussive soundtrack, a succession of more complex animals forms and is consumed by their successors (all formed from beads). Finally, We reach man, who develops ever more sophisticated forms of war.
Mussorgsky's composition is the soundtrack for this pin-screen animated take on night and wild things. A scarecrow blows down, clouds move by quickly. Beings take shape; a town appears, ... See full summary »
Great short, even if I found the ending quite obvious and predictable.
Ersatz, an exceptional piece of work from Zagreb Films, was the first non-American work to win the Academy Award for Animated Short (though it was not the first for an independent studio-depending on definition, that honor would go to UPA or John Hubley's Storyboard, Inc) and deserved to win. It's lively, amusing, well-animated and stretches the envelope. Clearly influenced by UPA, as were most of the Eastern Europeans, I loved this the first time I saw this some 25 years ago, although I found it predictable in spots, including the ending. I saw it again recently and it still holds up. It's available on a tape produced by Rembrandt Films, called The Best of Zagreb Films: The Classic Collection, which may well be in print. Copies are certainly still floating around. Well worth tracking down. Most highly recommended
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