Karel Zeman

(1910-1989)

A classic of Czech animation and Czech trick film.

He is the author of a number of stop-motion and cut-out films (e.g. The Christmas Dream; Inspiration; the series about Mr. Prokouk; Krabat  ̶  The Sorcerer’s Apprentice; and The Tale of John and Mary).

He became famous for his trick films (Journey to Prehistory; Invention for Destruction; The Stolen Airship; Baron Munchausen, etc.). In them he combined a range of optical, camera and animation tricks in a completely unique way. He used every technology known at the time. He combined live-action images with cartoon scenery, doodlings, puppet and cut-out animation. Even today, his work inspires many international filmmakers (e.g. Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam and others).