The first puppet kinescope in the world. It is based on the famous poetic comedy by William Shakespeare. Three worlds meet in this story: the noble world of three Athens couples, a common popular world of tradesmen amateur theatre and a fairy-tale happiness of magic creatures as elves and nymphs. The film is considered the most remarkable Trnka’s work and a milestone in the history of the world animation. —kratkyfilm.cz
Jiří Trnka (24 February 1912, Plzeň – 30 December 1969, Prague) was a Czech puppet maker, illustrator, motion-picture animator and film director, renowned for his stop motion puppet animations.
He graduated from the Prague School of Arts and Crafts. He created a puppet theater in 1936. This group was dissolved when World War II began, and he instead designed stage sets and illustrated books for children throughout the war.
After the end of the war, Trnka established an animation unit at the Prague film studio. Trnka soon became internationally recognized as the world’s greatest puppet animator in the traditional Czech method, and he won several film festival awards. One animator called him “the Walt Disney of the East”.
He won an award at the Cannes Festival in 1946, just one year after he began working in film. His films were mostly made for an adult audience. Beginning in 1948, the communist Czech government began to subsidize his creations, although this did… read more
Technical admiration is the main order of the day; the folio having been condensed into bedtime story format, yet still serving up the same enchantments, foibles and weightlessness of the play, as well as its own innovations, much like other filmic takes, without suffering much of its own accord.