Thursday, 24 March 2011

Unit 5 - Timeline - Ladislaw Starewicz (1882 - 1965)



Ladislaw Starewicz started animating in 1910 and continued until his death in 1965. He was born in Russia but moved to France over the 50 year period. Starewicz maintained a fasination with the strange, almost surreal properties, and exploring the realistic motion and movement in animations. His animation films he creates are mostly joyful but cruel with movement of the characters that are very close to annihilation.




The Mascot, also known as The Devil's Ball or Puppy Love, was created using toys and demonic vegetables. The film was aiming for children in the 1900's but if shown today, it would be thought of as strange and the situation the characters are in. This animated film betrays Starewicz inspiration from his longer work by using live-action techniques using a projection and the attention to details.

This animation I found adorable when the film focuses mostly on the dog character who is trying to get an orange for his owner. The situation starts to happen when the dog wants to go back home with the orange to give to his owner but is trying to get stopped by the other toys and the demonic vegetables. The characters are quite realistic when brought to life by the use of stop-motion animation but can be quite creepy which is why it's not recommended to kids now.


Danks, Adrian. (2004). http://www.sensesofcinema.com/2004/cteq/starewicz_mascot/ (Accessed on 29th March 2011)

Animation World Netwrok. (1999). http://www.awn.com/heaven_and_hell/STARE/stare1.htm (Accessed on 29th March 2011)

Wikipedia. (1910). http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_8pKgDm9-eJ0/TL_iTxDnBPI/AAAAAAAAAec/pIypmqQThrw/s1600/Picture+25.png (Accessed on 29th March 2011)

Animation World Netwrok. (1999). http://www.awn.com/heaven_and_hell/STARE/stare1.htm (Accessed on 29th March 2011)

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