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December 13, 2016

Špalíček-The Czech Year: One of the Excellent Animated Films from Czechoslovakia of all Time

In 1947, Jiří Trnka (1912 – 1969), a Czech puppet-maker, illustrator, motion-picture animator and film director, made the puppet film Špalíček (The Czech Year), also called A Treasury of Fairy-Tales, which was Trnka's first feature and which told six separate folk tales of Czech life: "Shrovetide", "Spring", "Legend About St. Prokop", "The Fair", "The Feast" and "Bethlehem".

It was a defining moment for Trnka as he won several international awards three years running across Europe, and it proceeded to win several international awards and make his name famous in the animation world. Puppet animation is a traditional Czech art form, of which Trnka became the undisputed master.

Here below is a collection of 29 beautiful vintage photos from "Špalíček" in 1947.

(Photos from Truus, Bob & Jan too!)


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