A children’s fantasy where building blocks and music effects do everything. Blocks represent the make-believe city and the two children who play in it. Blocks even act out the story when an angry dragon appears on the scene, while music scores the action. This is puppet theater reduced to its simplest form, but so colorfully and lucidly presented that everyone is absorbed and entertained. Film without words. —National Film Board of Canada
Jacobus-Willem (Co) Hoedeman was born in Amsterdam in 1940. After immigrating to Canada at age 25, he joined the National Film Board where he produced his first film, Oddball, in 1969. Since then, he has worked on over 20 productions, including a four-part series in which Ludovic the teddy bear discovers the seasons.
Hoedeman has earned over 80 international awards and honours throughout his career. The Sand Castle alone garnered 24 awards, including an Oscar in 1978 for best animated short. An animation wizard, Hoedeman creates works of great sensitivity. He’s an inquisitive and wonderfully inventive filmmaker who will use any technique to develop his all-encompassing vision of the world.
In Marianne’s Theatre, Hoedeman once again presents his unique vision without ever talking down to his young viewers. Given this candid approach, his films have always attracted and moved audiences of young and old alike. Indeed, his work is on par with the great classics of animation… read more