Zagreb School of Animation program | Chicago Reader

Zagreb School of Animation program

The famous Zagreb School of Animation rejected the Disney style for a looser kind of drawing, and these eight films, made between 1958 and 1980, show an admirable diversity of styles. The best is Dusan Vukotic's Oscar winner Surogat (1961), in which a man with a pump inflates flat, abstract shapes into three-dimensional objects, revealing that the whole world is a collection of vulnerable balloons. A fish takes revenge on a fisherman in Josko Marusic's Fisheye (1980), whose creepy, hard-edged images recall woodcuts. Zdenko Gasparovic's Satiemania (1978), a free-flowing but sometimes obscure fantasy, is based on the music of Erik Satie, and Nikola Kostelac's amusing Opening Night (1958) parodies the superficiality of operagoers. Also showing: films by Vatroslav Mimica, Zlatko Bourek, Borivij Dovnikovic, and Aleksandar Marks and Vladimir Jutrisa. 81 min.

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