N+2: Škola hodanja - Borivoj (Bordo) Dovniković (1978)

02 marzo 2012

Škola hodanja - Borivoj (Bordo) Dovniković (1978)

Learning to walk / Aprendiendo a caminar
No Dialogue / Sin Diálogos

Un hombrecillo va caminando por ahí, cuando por el camino, se topa con difrentes sujetos que intentarán imponerle la forma "correcta" de caminar, generando una tremenda confusión en él, llegando hasta el punto de hacerle olvidar que él ya sabía caminar.
Corto de simple estilo y trama, pero de un profundo contenido y mensaje.

"Borivoj (Bordo) Dovnikovic''s story of a man whose four countrymen each try to teach him their own style of walking. But he already knows how to walk"

Unless one is a Tissa David, the most difficult task for budding (or seasoned) animators is to draw a figure that walks in a natural fashion. There's always someone to help but unless you can visualise the cycle your guy's got a wooden leg. Learning To Walk, Borivoj Dovnikovic's 1978 short, takes one young fellow, striding along with an occasional skip of sheer joy, and subjects him to expert scrutiny. Before one can say Jumping Jackrabbit, the little chap has sprouted wooden legs, arms and trunk. There's a lesson here. An amusing little piece from one of the originators of the Zagreb School of Animation and a faltering step towards placating one of my most learned correspondents who reminds me of a deficiency in my coverage here. (Would there were only one.) So then, director, cartoonist and book illustrator "Bordo" has 50 years experience in the business and is a founder of Zagreb's great animated film festival. Much more about him and Yugoslavian animation to come when I get into my stride.
Ian Lumsden (Animation Blog)


Bordo was born in 1930 in Osijek of the former Yugoslavia. In 1950, after enrolling into the Academy of Fine Arts a year earlier, he joyned a group of cartoonists from Kerempuh, in a great adventure: mastering of the art of animation and starting of an animated film production. They realized the first Croatian/Yugoslav artistic cartoon film The Big Meeting (1951), which is considered the beginning of the modern Croatian/Yugoslav animation, and from which later developed the Zagreb School of Animation. That same year he left the Academy and devoted himself to professional animation, cartooning, illustration, comic-strips, and graphic design.
As a cartoonist Bordo worked for the Beograd humor weekly Jez (The Hedgehog) and other Zagreb and Yugoslav newspapers. From 1994 he has been regularly publishing cartoons in the Zagreb based magazine Hrvatska ljevica (Croatian the Left). His interest in the field of graphic design has also been wide; he equally enjoys typography and drawing, newspaper advertisement, poster, trade-mark, mascot, periodicals, books, etc. He has created or re-designed the logotypes for a number of Croatian companies. His interest and success in the field of illustration is perhaps best represented by a 1990 national award he received in Croatia for the best illustrated book for children.

During his 50-year professional career he has received a number of international grants and awards for his independent animated films (Columbus, New York, Leipzig, Krakow, Berlin, Zagreb, San Antonio, Chicago, Hollywood, Varna, Annecy, etc.). On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of World Cinema, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award - Premio alla Carriera - at the Antennacinema Cartoon '95 in Treviso, Italy. In 2000, at the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, Bordo was given another Lifetime Achievement Award for his50 years of contribution to modern animation...




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