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Product Details

  • Format: Animated, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Paradox
  • Release Date: Oct. 1 2002
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: 630583671X
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #155,417 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

Product Description

In four decades, Zagreb Film of Yugoslavia produced 600 animated films, winning more than 400 international awards. The studio quickly became famous for a unique animation style that became known as "the Zagreb school." One of the pioneering distinctions was that its filmmakers wrote, designed, and directed their own films, resulting in boldly entertaining cartoons unified in design, tone and message. This volume includes Be Careful What You Wish For, fourteen stories of irony, double cross, and mystery. Some are hilarious, some poignant, all memorable. The Classic Collection includes seven animated films representative of Zagreb's most unique offerings.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Quality Stuff Aug. 20 2006
By Timothy J. Rauch - Published on Amazon.com
This selection of Yugoslavian animation is enjoyable viewing. I noticed a review for one of the other collections gripes about this work not coming close enough to shows like "The Simpsons". This disc is not recommended for an audience expecting American TV animation. It is, however, potentially very interesting viewing for students of international animation and fillm.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A mixed bag from a great studio Sept. 26 2011
By S. Segal - Published on Amazon.com
There are some all time classics here like Ersatz, Diary and Fisheye but some are strange and even incomprehensible. All are fascinating to watch and beautifully designed. If you're looking for something outside the ordinary American cartoon, get this disk. Here is the film listing. Title year, director, and running time:

1 Big Time - 1990 - Milan Trenc - 6:00
2 Curiosity - 1966 - Borivoj Dovnikovic - 8:00
3 Musical Pig - 1966 - Zlatko Grgic - 9:00
4 Okay! - 1973 - Zlatko Pavlinic - 1:00
5 Elegy - 1966 - Nedelijko Dragic - 3:40
6 The Fifth One - 1965 - Pavao Stalter - 2:30
7 Prayer - 1972 - Radivoje Gvozdanovi - 1:00
8 The Wall - 1966 - Ante Zaninovic - 3:30
9 Paranoia - 1992 - Goran Sudzuka - 4:00
10 The Ceremony - 1965 - Borivoj Dovnikovic - 3:30
11 The Fly - 1967 - Marks & Jutrisa - 8:00
12 Maxicat: in The Hat, in Lunch, in Broom - 1971 - Zlatko Grgic - 3:15
13 Ersatz - 1961 - Dusan Vukotic - 9:20
14 Diary - 1974 - Nedelijkoj Dragic - 8:00
15 Mask of the Red Death - 1970 - Stalter & Ranitovic - 9:20
16 Butterflies - 1988 - Kresimir Zimonic - 9:20
17 Last Waltz in the Old Mill - 1995 - Darko Krec - 6:00
18 Fisheye - 1979 - Josko Marusic - 8:45
19 Mass in A Minor - 1996 - Gosce Vaskov - 4:00
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Zagreb Rocks! Feb. 21 2012
By Thelonious - Published on Amazon.com
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No, this ain't the Simpsons. No, it's not Disney hi-tech, big budget animation. No, not every film is brilliant.

BUT there's more than enough beauty, whimsy, and laughter here to make this worth your time and money.

If you remember the old "International Festival of Animation" series on PBS (hosted by Jean Marsh and in our neck of the woods it came on right after Monty Python), you'll know what to expect. Quirky, artsy, cute, surreal, funny - each one is different and they're all interesting. some of the art is minimal (but the writing often makes up for that) while some is quite elaborate. There's quite a mix of styles and moods.

Beautiful stuff. I might also reccommend Norman MacLaren and the National Film Board of Canada for similar stuff

FYI - I purchased this DVD expecting it to contain what were originally 2 VHS tapes (Be Careful.../Classic Collection). What I received was a 2 DVD set containing all 5 of the old VHS tapes (Nudity Required/Laugh at Your Own Risk/For Children Only) so it was an even better deal than I'd expected.
A wonderful selection. Aug. 10 2013
By Richard L. Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
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If you attended the old international animation festivals you will enjoy adding these to your own personal library. A wonderful selection from a huge volume of his animated short films. A must for those building their own "festival".
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