Focus on Czech Animation
Velike osebnosti našega časa / Významné osobnosti našeho života / The Significant Personalities of Our Lives
Češkoslovaška, 1928, 35mm, 3:00
Significant personalities of the Czech nation in drawings. A hand draws the portraits of Tomáš G. Masaryk, Edvard Beneš, Alois Rašín, Jindřich Fügner and Bedřich Smetana.
A film about a reckless water sprite and his jealous wife. Mum the water sprite rocks the little water sprites in a pond while the philandering dad water sprite enjoys himself with undines on the shore, playing love songs to a willowtree fairy on his mandolin.
Adventures of the draughtsman Jára and the cartoon clown Bimbo. Jára is very unhappy. He spills ink from a bottle on the table. A clown Bimbo is born from the ink. He keeps inventing how to surprise the draughtsman and cheer him up.
Abstract geometric patterns result in a symphony of motion and colour in the rhythm of music.
An abstract animated film, bringing an anti-war message on the motifs on Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. A searching ray of light – an idea – was born out of darkness. Other rays soon follow. The ideas concentrate and head towards a petitioner who is granted a wish. The birth of light saves humanity through the symbol of a cross.
A cartoon comedy about the characters of a boy puppet and a girl puppet who forecast the weather. The boy with a hat and a little brolly forecasts foul weather while the girl forecasts sunshine. Their lives and coexistence in the house utterly depend on the changes of weather.
Češko-moravski protektorat, 1944, 35mm, 11:00
A funny story from the submarine world about two fish in love and a black bad octopus who wants to harm them. The two fish lovers do not notice the alert octopus, which in no time releases its ink to kidnap the goldfish to its home – a wreck of an old argosy.