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Tchou-tchou (1972)

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A fantasy where children's building blocks and music effects do everything. Blocks represent the make-believe city and the two children who play in it. Blocks even act out the story when an... See full summary »

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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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A fantasy where children's building blocks and music effects do everything. Blocks represent the make-believe city and the two children who play in it. Blocks even act out the story when an angry dragon appears on the scene, while music scores the action. This is puppet theater reduced to its simplest form.

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Edited into 50 for 50: Volume 1, Tape 4: Children's Choice (1989) See more »

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Very nice stop-motion for 1972
17 December 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

If I saw this stop-motion film today, I probably wouldn't be all that impressed--especially since director Co Hoedeman's later works are so much better (such as the adorable and high quality Ludovic films). However, for 1972, it's a very nice film that compares nicely to the works of other stop-motion artists of the time, such as Jan Svankmajer.

The film was made using children's blocks. However, a few of the blocks were hand-colored in order to make little boy and girl blocks. As they appeared to move, blocks were seamlessly replaced--making the legs appear to move up and down. As for the story, there's a dragon and the children are afraid.

Not an especially deep story and I must admit it's not the type of film I like. However, every artist needs to start somewhere and this led to many wonderful later products. Plus, if you like Hoedman's work, it's interesting to see where it all started.


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