Balkan LEGENDS: Croatia 2
The term “Zagreb School of Animated Films” was coined by French journalists George Sadoul and Andre Martin at the Cannes Film Festival in 1958, where a program of films from Zagreb Film enjoyed an international presentation and became an instant sensation. Starting in Disney style (Big Meeting, 1951) and very soon abandoning it, Vukotić, Kostelac, Mimica, Kristl and others shifted their artistic expression towards what soon became the trademark of Zagreb authors – limited animation, flat and abstract space treatment, stories about a small man living alienated from society. With Vukotić’s Surogat (Ersatz) winning an Oscar in 1962 (the first non-American Oscar in history and the only Oscar any Croatian film ever won), Zagreb animation reached one of its peaks. The great international success continued throughout the sixties, seventies and the beginning of the eighties.
The scale of this importance and impact can be seen in the list of the 88 biggest animated films in the history of world animation, compiled by the highly regarded Italian specialist for animated film Giannalberto Bendazzi in 1999. He included no less than eight films produced by Zagreb Film.
Daniel Šuljić, Filmmaker and Artistic Director of The World Festival of Animated Film Animafest Zagreb
Balthasar: Lighthouse Keeping / Balthazar: Hanibalove Alpe
directed by Zlatko Grgić, Boris Kolar, Ante Zaninović
directed by Nedeljko Dragić
The Cat / Mačka
directed by Zlatko Bourek
directed by Zdenko Gašparović
Learning to Walk / Škola hodanja
directed by Borivoj Dovniković – Bordo
Fisheye / Riblje oko
directed by Joško Marušić
directed by Krešimir Zimonić