|Trnka working on Bajaja (1950). What a badass!|
The films of Jiri Trnka immerse the viewer in the best kind of cinema magic. They appeal directly to your imagination; they are entrancingly tangible, yet dreamlike and diaphanous. Atmosphere and elegant design combine to totally draw you into Trnka’s ethereal miniature world.
|A Midsummer Night's Dream (1959)|
All of this delicate, sophisticated beauty sprung from the mind and hands of a man who, it seemed, was still connected to his peasant roots. This shouldn't be surprising, as authenticity produces the best art. The misty, wooded climes of Bohemia would of course be the perfect palette to draw from in Trnka’s prodigious imagination.
|The Story of the Bass Cello (1949)|
|The Archangel Gabriel and Mrs. Goose (1964)|
|Animating on Cybernetic Grandmother (1962)|
|Trnka's studio logo. If you see this, you're in for a treat!|
Please do your imagination a favor and take time to immerse yourself in Trnka’s beautiful realms. Rarely does animation reach this level of pure artistry. (And also, he looks like he’d murder you. We love that.)
The touring retrospective "The Puppet Master: The Films of Jiří Trnka" is produced by Comeback Company and originated at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, curated by Irena Kovarova. The films are provided by the Czech National Film Archive.
The 2018 touring program offers the United States’ first complete retrospective of the Trnka's works. In Los Angeles, there are four nights of highlights from this essential series, including such dazzling shorts as the surreal “Cybernetic Grandma” and anti-totalitarian allegory “The Hand,” and such fantastical features as Bajaja and Trnka’s takes on Hans Christian Andersen (The Emperor's Nightingale) and William Shakespeare (A Midsummer Night's Dream).
Seamus and Mark work in stop-motion animation due to the influence of animators such as Jiri Trnka. Along with Christopher Finnegan, they formed Screen Novelties in 2003 with the goal of bringing the whimsy and dynamism of classic cartoons into the realm of stop motion animation. We have a studio in Los Angeles full of fabric, feathers, foam, and glitter. Screen Novelties is also home to a talented circle of freelance animators, sculptors, designers, photographers, and digital artists. They’ve worked on everything from SpongeBob Squarepants to Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas special. Past and current clients include Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Disney, Nike, Hallmark, FOX, and Paramount.