Animated Films to Classical Music

1997 – 1989

Motto
„Even if you gave me Europe’s best grand piano, but make me play before an audience which doesn’t understand, doesn’t want to understand, and is unable to share with me what I’m playing – I would lose the willingness and joy that my music gives me.” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

61 auteur animated films set to classical music (55 films commissioned by Channel 1 of Polish Television S.A. and 6 independent films). The series is primarily aimed at children and young people. Its aim is to popularise best performed classical music.

Animation, which gives unlimited possibilities of creating images, is „musical” by its nature, affecting the viewers’ imagination through condensed ideas achieved by the texture of movement, visual and literary associations and editing, thus allowing to create musical film impressions without destroying the inner structure of the music. Music is the protagonist of those films, performing the function of a narrator, creating the rhythm of the images, the pace of movement, organising the space in the film frame. Through simultaneous activity of sounds and images, the viewers’ attention is at the same time focused on listening and watching.

Films from the „Animated Films to Classical Music” series have received 71 awards and commendations at international and national film festivals, including 7 awards granted by Children’s Juries. In addition to main awards, the films were awarded and appreciated for script, artwork, directing, animation, perfect transposition of music into pictures, for creativeness of form and imaginativeness, for the best TV films and best video clips for children, for stylistic purity of animated painting, for original artwork and for unique artistic values.

The series of animation films set to classical music has always been a very attractive commercial offer of Polish Television. The film miniatures have been sold to over 50 television stations in a number of countries, including Cyprus, Sweden (5x), Mexico, Japan (3x), Spain (5x), United Kingdom, Switzerland, Korea (2x), Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary (2x), Lithuania, Norway, Finland (3x), Iran, Kuwait, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Russia (2x), USA, Taiwan (4x), Brazil, Portugal, Republic of South Africa, Canada, France (2x), Germany, Costa Rica, China (3x), Hong Kong (2x), Czech Republic (2x), Romania, Greece.

The series was also released on DVD: China (2x), Russia and the CIS, English-speaking countries of Africa, including the Republic of South Africa, Mauritius, Seychelles, Hong Kong. In 2010 the series was released on DVD in Poland.

COLLECTIVE AWARDS FOR THE SERIES
HONORARY DIPLOMA for the series of films to classical music, International Festival of Animated Films for Children – Biennial of Animation BAB’99, Bratislava, Slovakia / 1999
PRESS AWARD – ‘My Oscars’ granted by Professor Marek Hendrykowski: This year, I would like to distinguish Television Studio of Animation Films in Poznań for an excellent series of animated video clips set to classical music, realised using diversified, often novel, techniques. TV SFA does not make much noise about its works (if we forget about the awards for its productions granted in Shanghai, Cairo or Chicago). However, not everybody may know this but the unique video clips to the music of Mozart, Moniuszko, Albinoni, are one of the ‘export hits’ of Polish Television, Poznań, Poland / 1994
SPECIAL DIPLOMA for the series popularising classical music, 12th National Festival of Films for Children and Young People, Poznań, Poland / 1992


Prelude in D Flat Major

Directed, screenplay, artwork and animated by Stanisław Śliskowski
Music composed by Fryderyk Chopin
Music performed by Halina Czerny-Stefańska – piano
Photography by Stanisław Śliskowski and Krzysztof Szyszka
Editing and sound by Wiesław Nowak
Produced by Ewa Sobolewska
Combined animation, 35 mm, colour, 170 m, 06:15′, format 4:3
Date of production: 04.07.1997 © TVP SA


Waltz in A minor Op. Posth

The film made in classical animation was inspired by Chopin’s music. The first notes of the waltz animate a girl from a picture hanging close to the piano. Upon being touched by the dancing girl, the sepia interiors of houses, winding roads of the Old Town and the people presented in the picture also get animated. Together with the girl the girl they all move to the world of fantasy and poetry.


Directed, screenplay, artwork and animated by Aniela Lubieniecka
Music composed by Fryderyk Chopin
Music performed by Andrzej Tatarski – piano
Photography by Krzysztof Szyszka
Editing and sound by Wiesław Nowak
Produced by Ewa Sobolewska
Classical animation – painting on celluloid, 35 mm, colour, 88 m, 03:15′, format 4:3
Date of production: 28.11.1996 © TVP SA

AWARD:
DIPLOMA for the film direction, International Festival of Animated Films for Children – Biennial of Animation BAB’99, Bratislava, Slovakia / 1999


Preludes

Directed, screenplay by Hieronim Neumann
Music composed by Fryderyk Chopin
Music performed by Andrzej Tatarski – piano
Design based on Leon Wyczółkowski’s, Ferdynand Ruszczyc’s, Jan Stanisławski’s, and Władysław Podkowiński’s paintings developed by Hieronim Neumann
Animated by Maciej Matecki
Photography by Krzysztof Szyszka
Editing and sound by Wiesław Nowak
Produced by Ewa Samborska
Classical animation – painting on celluloid, 35 mm, colour, 153 m, 05:35′, format 4:3
Date of production: 25.11.1996 © TVP SA


The Whril

The picture is lacking an orderly narration. It is an artistic impression by way of allusions associated with a running away landscape, unfinished movement of a paintbrush or pencil. The animated space of colourful spots representing fields and meadows floats away in all directions, transforms into water which reflects the image of the trees. A horse-driven carriage rushes through, leaving the footprints of horse shoes and vanishing somewhere round the corner. The changes of directions and speed of movement is in harmony with the impressionist music.


Directed, screenplay, artwork and animated by Elżbieta Kamieńska
Music composed by Claude Debussy
Music performed by Andrzej Tatarski – piano
Artistic supervision by Jerzy Kucia
Photography by Krzysztof Szyszka
Editing and sound by Wiesław Nowak
Produced by Grażyna Lipińska
Classical animation – painting on celluloid, 35 mm, colour, 116 m, 04:15′, format 4:3
Date of production: 31.07.1996 © TVP SA


Carmen Torero from „Carmen-Suite”

An animation film to classical music made using animation in friable matter. An allusive picture of Spanish architecture , a building by Gaudi, which provides a background for a toreador fighting on an arena and Carmen, which personifies the lyrical motif of the Bizet’s opera.



Directed, screenplay, artwork and animated by Aleksandra Korejwo

Music composed by Georges Bizet
Music arranged by Rodion Shchedrin
Music performed by Chamber Orchestra „Amadeus” conducted by Agnieszka Duczmal
Photography by Krzysztof Napierała
Editing and sound by Wiesław Nowak
Produced by Ewa Sobolewska
Animation in friable matter directly under camera, 35 mm, colour, 102 m., 03:45′, format 4:3
Date of production: 2.07.1996 © TVP SA

AWARDS:
DIPLOMA for the film direction, International Festival of Animated Films for Children – Biennial of Animation BAB’99, Bratislava, Slovakia / 1999
POZNAŃ GOATS AWARD for the author of the best design in animation film, 16th International Festival of Films for Children Ale kino!, Poznań, Poland / 1998
FINALIST CERTIFICATE – was the most beautiful film in the line-up and any animated film they had seen before, 27th Wellington & Auckland International Film Festival, Wellington, New Zealand / 1998
FIRST PLACE – Best Animated Works Shorter Than 5 Minutes, Los Angeles International Animation Competition „The World Animation Celebration”, Los Angeles, USA / 1997
SILVER LINE AWARD for the artistic values, 4th National Festival of Animation Films, Cracow, Poland / 1997


Nocturne in C Minor Op. 48 No 1

Directed, screenplay, artwork and animated by Kazimierz Urbański
Music composed by Fryderyk Chopin
Music performed by Andrzej Tatarski – piano
Camera by Janusz Tylman, Krzysztof Szyszka
Editing and sound by Wiesław Nowak
Produced by Grażyna Lipińska
Combined animation, 35 mm, colour, 187 m/e, 06:50′, format 4:3
Date of production: 27.06.1996 © TVP SA 1996


In the Hall of the Mountain King from the Suite „Peer Gynt” Op. 46 No 1

The film provides a visual interpretation of a musical piece, its dramaturgy, changing moods and colours. Mysterious music at the start corresponds to the beginning of the plot. We can see a little Gnome trying to find a way into a mysterious cave among gigantic, formidable cliffs of fiords. The light leads the audience to the inside of the cave. Around a huge bonfire trolls are dancing in a circle. High above them is the magnificent Mountain King, the ruler of all inhabitants of the underground world.


Directed, screenplay and artwork by Witold Giersz
Music composed by Edvard Grieg
Music performed by Gewandhausorchester Leipzig conducted by Vaclav Neumann
Animated by Witold Giersz, Piotr Giersz, Wojciech Wojtkowski
Photography by Krzysztof Szyszka
Editing and sound by Wiesław Nowak
Produced by Ewa Sobolewska
Classical animation – painting on celluloid, 35 mm, colour, 98 m, 03:35′, format 4:3
Date of production: 29.02.1996 © TVP SA

AWARDS:
DIPLOMA for the film direction, International Festival of Animated Films for Children – Biennial of Animation BAB’99, Bratislava, Slovakia / 1999
BRONZE ELEPHANT CHILDREN’S JURY AWARD, 1st Festival of Films for Children and Young People, Warszawa, Poland / 1996


Eine kleine Nachtmusik Serenade in G Major KV 525

A film to W.A. Mozart’s music made using various techniques of classical animation. Each part of the Mozart’s serenade has its own dramaturgy. We meet the characters of the film in an opera house, then in a park, at a ball and at a concert. Both the story and design of the film are grotesque.


Directed, screenplay and artwork by Jacek Adamczak
Music composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Music performed by Polish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Jerzy Maksymiuk
Animated by Jacek Adamczak, Anna Dudek, Grażyna Lipińska, Maciej Matecki
Photography by Krzysztof Szyszka
Editing and sound by Wiesław Nowak
Produced by Grażyna Lipińska
Classical animation – drawing on paper and celluloid, 35 mm, colour, 498 m, 18:15′, format 4:3, (films realised in the years 1991-1995)
Date of production: 21.12.1995 © TVP SA

AWARD:
HIGH COMMENDATION CHILDREN’S JURY, 1st Festival of Films for Children and Young People, Warszawa, Poland / 1996


Landscapes. MAZURKA in E Minor Op. 17 No 2

Directed, screenplay, artwork, computer animated, editing and sound by Maciej Ćwiek
Music composed by Fryderyk Chopin
Music performed by Andrzej Tatarski – piano
Photography by Janusz Tatarkiewicz
Produced by Grażyna Lipińska
Computer animation, Betacam SP, colour, 04:30 min.,
Date of production: 12.10.1995 © TVP SA 1995