The Best of Zagreb Film: Be Careful What You Wish For/The Classic Collection
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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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
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.