The Dodals : pioneers of Czech animated film / Eva Strusková ; [English translation, Lucie Vidmar].

Strusková, Eva, 1937- author.
Standardized Title:
Dodalovi. English
Other Title:
Pioneers of Czech animated film
First edition.
Prague : National Film Archive : Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, 2013. , ©2013
375 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm + 1 videodisc (sound, black and white and color ; 4 3/4 in.)
Dodal, Karel, 1900-1986.
Dodalová, Iréne, 1900-1989.
Animators -- Czechoslovakia.
Motion picture producers and directors -- Czechoslovakia.
Animated films -- Czechoslovakia -- History.
Animated films -- United States -- History.
Dodal, Karel, 1900-1986.
Dodalová, Iréne, 1900-1989.
Animated films.
Motion picture producers and directors.
United States.
Animated films -- Czechoslovakia.
Short films -- Czechoslovakia.
Animated films.
Fiction films.
Nonfiction films.
Short films.
Fiction films.
Nonfiction films.
Animated films.
Short films.
Translated from the Czech. Accompanying DVD in Czech and English.
System Details:
videodisc PAL
videodisc video file DVD video
Today, Czechoslovakia is famous for its unique tradition of animated film. Standing at the very beginning of this tradition is Karel Dodal (1900-1986), who, in collaboration with his wives Hermína Dodalová (née Trlová) and, later, Irena Dodalová (née Leschnerová), made the very first Czech animations, starting with 1927's Felix the Cat Receives a Lesson. 'The Dodals' marvelous short films range from abstract animations to works made with intimate little sets that vividly convey the ways in which Czechoslovakia's rich culture of puppetry influenced its animation (as instanced by the films of Jan Svankmajer). This attractively designed and abundantly illustrated biography of the Dodals traces their career from its outset, in the 1920s, through their wartime exiles in Paris, Minneapolis (Karel Dodal taught at Minnesota University), New York and Argentina as well as looking at their contemporaries. It includes a DVD featuring 28 restored and digitized films along with documentation on the Dodals themselves.
Book: Prologue
The early years of Czech animation: 1920s-1930s. The world of animation and the initial attempts of Czech animators in Prague
Karel and Hermína Dodal in Elekta Journal
Felix, Bimbo and an underwater romance: the first films by the Dodals
The fateful encounter and the birth of IRE-film
The adventures of a ubiquitous fellow: fusing the Czech puppet theatre tradition and film
Schicht, Bat̕a and the rest: the advertising market in inter-war Czechoslovakia
IRE-film and seeking a style of Czechoslovak film advertising
The Dodals' Czech oeuvre: their program and its realization
Irena's public relations and film reflections
Thwarted plans: closing IRE-film
The wartime anabasis: 1940s. Zbraslav, Paris, Minneapolis, New York: in search of asylum
The Theresienstadt years of Irena Dodalová and the story of the stolen outtakes
Living in exile: 1940s-1980s. Irena and Karel Dodal in the United States and Argentina
Conclusion: The discontinuity and continuity of Czech animated film.
DVD: The Dodals = Dodalovi. Films. Felix the Cat receives a lesson (1927)
The new adventures of Felix the Cat (1927)
A water sprite in love (1928)
A cabin boy on salty water (1929)
Bimbo's unfortunate adventure (1930)
The mystery of the MK 204 turning point (1934)
Taming of the black giant (1935)
A midnight wedding (1935)
Mum's trip to heaven (1935)
A cheerful concert (1935)
The tin drum (1936)
The adventures of a ubiquitous fellow (1936)
A brief view of the future (1936)
Three men (1936)
The secret of the Lucerna Palace (1936)
The sounds of outer space (1936)
The Wizard of Tones (1936)
Slattern and Glossie (1937)
Fantaisie érotique (1937)
The play of bubbles (1937)
Everything for a scrambled pancake! (1937)
An autumn song (1937)
The unforgettable poster (1937)
Spring is here (1938)
The protest (1938)
Ideas in search of light (1938)
There were three men (1947)
Apollon Musagete (1951)
Documentation. Artists' biographies
Filmography: 1927-1938
Film projects: The Czechoslovak Republic in colours, dances and songs (1935) ; The heart of Europe (1937) ; Theresienstadt: film fragments (1942) ; Paul Bunyan (1940-1942) ; El concierto (1954) ; Fragments from Argentina (1930s and 1950s)
Calendar (1900-1945).
Includes bibliographical references, filmography, and index.
Accompanying DVD "Dodalovi = The Dodals" includes 28 animated films by K. and I. Dodals, their biographies, filmography and other special features.
Vidmarová, Lucie, translator.
Dodal, Karel, 1900-1986, animator.
Dodalová, Iréne, 1900-1989, animator.
Národní filmový archív.
Akademie múzických umění v Praze.
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