Excellent stop-motion animation film from one of the best Czech filmmakers, Jirí Trnka. It tells the ancient story of Czechoslovakia, how it was founded by Czech, the Forefather, and a ... See full summary »
A handmade stop-motion fairy tale for adults that tells the tale of the struggle between the aristocratic White Mice and the rustic Creatures Who Dwell Under the Oak over the doll of their heart's desire.
Trnka's sci-fi vision of the future in which machines and robots try to substitute themselves into the most beautiful human relationships. A cybernetic robot is supposed to substitute for ... See full summary »
A poor fisherman catches the golden fish that promises him to fulfill three wishes if he sets her free again. He does so and the fish fulfills two of his three wishes. However, she refuses ... See full summary »
Excellent stop-motion animation film from one of the best Czech filmmakers, Jirí Trnka. It tells the ancient story of Czechoslovakia, how it was founded by Czech, the Forefather, and a series of legendary episodes of heroes, queens and kings, inspired in a book by Alois Jirásek compiling the Czech myths. Written by
"Old Czech Legends" - An Amazing Series of Czech Tales
This is some of the most ambitious stop-motion that I've seen to date. Jiri Trnka wasn't at all intimidated by the technical challenges of the medium, and steamed ahead to tell "Old Czech Legends" without compromise.
The Character movements are executed so competently; only a master like Trnka could pull something like this off. The level of detail, volume of characters, and even the camera work leaves nothing other than "impressive" in my mind. Fire, smoke, spinning camera moves, walking in snow, crowds, birds, quadrupeds, delicate props and matte paintings... it's all here.
The European gestures are fun to watch, so unconventional when compared to traditional formulaic American animation. If you're a fan of stop-motion, or animation in general, this one's for you.
This animation can by purchased through Amazon Japan.
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