Excellent stop-motion animation film from one of the best Czech filmmakers, Jirí Trnka. It tells the ancient story of Czechoslovakia, how it was founded by Czech, the Forefather, and a series of legendary episodes of heroes, queens and kings, inspired in a book by Alois Jirásek compiling the Czech myths.
This animated children’s film tells the story of the two popular dolls who go off to find a pretty French doll who has been stolen by pirates. Many songs from popular children’s composer Joe Raposo ensue, including: “I Look and What Do I See!,” “No Girl’s Toy,” “Rag Dolly,” “Poor Babette,” “A Miracle,” “Ho-Yo,” “Candy Hearts,” “Blue,” “The Mirage,” “I Never Get Enough,” “I Love You,” “Loony Anthem,” “It’s Not Easy Being King,” “Hooray for Me,” “You’re My Friend,” and “Home.”
Italy’s response to the Disney classical music/animation hybrid “Fantasia,” this film features a series of cartoon shorts set to the likes of Claude Debussy, Joseph-Maurice Ravel and Antonio Vivaldi. The animated segments feature both the humorous and fantastical: an aged satyr attempts to regain its lost youth, a bee is interrupted mid-meal by two lovers, the myth of Adam and Eve is retold and more. In between cartoons, a filmmaker struggles to complete the film.
An animated film about the British engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who spearheaded numerous engineering marvels of the early 19th century – including the Thames Tunnel, the Great Western Railway, and the Great Eastern steamship (for 40 years the world’s largest steamship). Various styles of animation are used to depict events in his colorful life.