Saturday, 9 February 2013

Blow Up

The Zagreb School is synonymous with top-notch animation, winning many international awards since its inception in 1953. Much of its output has been for the children's market with some notably successful exceptions, including the distinctly adult Dream Doll.

It's sort of an existential update of The Red Balloon for grown-ups, as a lonely middle aged man seeks entertainment from a blow-up doll with unexpected results. The film is an unusual Anglo-Croatian production, created in collaboration with Bob Godfrey, the maker of Roobarb and Custard, which adds a particularly British seedy flavour. Melancholic synth score by John Hyde/De Wolfe.

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