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The stories of Baron Münchhausen were enriched by Karel Zeman with a character of a modern astronaut Tommy and compare two different worlds - the world of a rococo cavalier whose fantasy does not have any limits and the world of a young man of the present time. The astronaut (Rudolf Jelínek) finds on the moon the famous dreamer Baron Münchhausen (Milos Kopecký), who takes him back to earth and a variety of exaggerated adventures. Amusing variation on the old stories, using live action against deliberately artificial backgrounds.Written by
Aesthetically beautiful throwback teeming with nostalgia, but not much else
This film is beautiful. The combination of live action and animation is very reminiscent of silent films like A Trip to the Moon and has much of the same humor and general mannerisms. The Outrageous Baron Munchausen was made to be a fantasy, not any sort of realistic depiction, so the animation despite being very cartoonish has aged pretty well. The style is clearly very influential on the cartoon portions of Monty Python, particularly in the Holy Grail. The whole thing has a nostalgic story book feel, it looks like a fantastical picture book one would read as a child. The color palette is a bit boring though and does take a little bit away from the visuals. While it is clear that this film has influenced artists such as Wes Anderson in an aesthetic sense, it falls pretty short in other realms. The dialogue is not very well written and lacks any real flair or poetics, often just surface level musings. Even worse is the story and characters. The plot of the film seems to merely be a framing device through which to display the beautiful art found in the film, with portions of it making very little sense and lacking any real dramatic weight. The characters are flat and not very likable, making it even harder to get drawn in to the weak story. This film succeeds despite these shortcomings because of it's one of a kind animation and imaginative imagery.
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