Thursday, July 17, 2014
György Kovasznai may not be a familiar name (granted, his films are just about as famous as he is outside of obscure animation circles), but his work deserves to be more widely known. A Hungarian painter and filmmaker, Kovasznai used painterly techniques to illustrate life in Budapest at the time. His animated feature Habfurdo (or Foam Bath) is a masterpiece of multi-styled animation. Delightfully unique for animation is the fact that it is a romantic musical comedy, one that works incredibly well. I was first informed of its existence by an article on cartoonbrew.com. Immediately watching the film on YouTube, I found it irresistible.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
We've discussed the Criterion Collection's relationship with animation before, and it looks like another chapter is unfolding in that saga. Martin Rosen's Watership Down (1978) is now available for pre-order on Criterion's iTunes page!