Masters of Polish Animation: The Enchanted World of Childrens' Animation

Presented by the Polish Cultural Institute New York, Screen Novelties & Cinespia

Armed with the same breadth of imagination and wit used to surrealistically shout their anxieties and skewer political absurdities, Polish animators created some of the world’s most enchanting, whimsical pieces of children’s cinema. Charged with a palpable a sense of purpose, they set out to paint brilliant color, joy and zest into childhoods that World War Two’s fallout had previously painted gray. Kaleidoscopic, playful, vibrant and charming, these artists’ widely diverse platters of eye candy are as aesthetically delicious as they are nourishing — retaining all of the humor, complexity and intellect of Poland’s greatest live-action films. Whether the jazzy cartoon-modern of Wladyslaw Neherbecki’s Cat and Mouse, the stop-motion whimsy of Teresa Badzian’s Button, the Yellow Submarine-like psychedelic stylings of Ryszard Antoniszczak’s Bye Steam! or the kinder-creations of such established masters as Gierz, Rybczynski and Antonisz, these boundlessly magical films are a trove of wonders and delights not to be missed in all of their rainbow-radiant 35mm splendor!

Films in the program:
MYSZKA I KOTEK / CAT AND MOUSE
, Wladyslaw Nehrebecki (Studio Filmów Rysunkowych), 1958, 8’30
GUZIK / BUTTON
, Teresa Badzian (Studio Miniatur Filmowych), 1964, 7’30
KWARTECIK / THE LITTLE QUARTET
, Edward Sturlis (Se-Ma-For), 1965, 7’
MALY WESTERN / A LITTLE WESTERN
, Witold Giersz (Studio Miniatur Filmowych), 1960, 5’
BAJKA / A TALE
, Ryszard Kuziemski (Studio Miniatur Filmowych), 1968, 10’
JA NAUKA WYSZLA Z LASU / NO KNOWLEDGE IS WASTED, 
Julian Antonisz, 1970, 8’
ZEGNAJ PARO! / BYE STEAM!
, Ryszard Antoniszczak,1974, 10’
JESLI UJRZYSZ KOTA / IF YOU SEE A CAT
, Daniel Szczechura, 1971 , 5’
PIESEK W KRATKĘ / THE PLAID PUPPY, 
Zofia Oldak, 1968, 8’
LOKOMOTYWA / LOCOMOTIVE, Zbigniew Rybczyński, 1975, 6’

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