Bayaya, a young peasant, protected by the spirit of his dead mother, arrives at the castle of the King, where he entertains his three daughters. He soon realizes that the three princesses ... See full summary »

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Bayaya, a young peasant, protected by the spirit of his dead mother, arrives at the castle of the King, where he entertains his three daughters. He soon realizes that the three princesses are nagged by evil spirits. The little peasant manages to rid them of them, fights a duel with a wicked lord who wanted to marry one of the three princesses. He finally wins the heart of the youngest sister while saving the soul of his mother who was in purgatory. Written by Guy Bellinger

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26 January 1951 (Czechoslovakia)  »

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A masterpiece from the master
11 September 2011 | by (Barcelona, Catalonia) – See all my reviews

A masterpiece by the puppet master Jiri Trnka. Much better than "The emperor's nightingale". Trnka does his best when he uses old Czech legends, as in this case. The camera work and the sets are simply incredible. Colors and shadows are superb. It's fascinating how he creates a first rate animation movie with a very simple animation in fact, because there are no face movements, but the puppets express a very wide range of emotions anyway and you get touched all along the movie.

The story is complex, epic and tender. It's about a poor peasant that becomes a knight and falls in love with a beautiful princess. Pure European legend in its best tradition. There are fights, dragons, love, all perfectly animated for the sake of art and entertainment. The music is the second protagonist of the movie, because words are almost inexistent.

Maybe this film can be a little harsh for today's Western viewers, but if you are pure at heart and you like Miyazaki and Tezuka movies you will love it.


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