Estonian Animation

Estonian Animation

Between Genius and Utter Illiteracy
Robinson, Chris
Distribution: World
Publication date: 02/20/2007
Format: Paperback 42 color illus., 59 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-861-96667-7
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Ever wonder why Estonian animation features so many carrots or why cows often perform pyramids? Well, neither question is answered in Chris Robinson’s new book, Estonian Animation. Robinson’s frank, humorous, and thoroughly researched book traces the history of Estonia’s acclaimed animation scene from early experiments in the 1930s to the creation of puppet (Nukufilm) and cel (Joonisfilm) animation studios during the Soviet era, as well as Estonia’s surprising international success during the post-Soviet era. In addition, Robinson writes about the discovery of films by four 1960s animation pioneers who, until the release of this book, had been unknown to most Estonian and international animation historians.

Author Bio

Chris Robinson is an Ottawa-based author who has been a director of the Ottawa International Animation Festival since 1994. A noted animation commentator, curator, and historian, Robinson has become a leading expert on Canadian and international independent animation. His books include Between Genius and Utter Illiteracy: A Story of Estonian Animation; Unsung Heroes of Animation; and the critically acclaimed Stole This from a Hockey Card: A Philosophy of Hockey, Doug Harvey, Identity and Booze.

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Table of Contents

1. Previous Attractions
2. The Lost Films
3. The Dictator and the Democrat
4. The Missing Links
5. The Preachers
6. Estonia Catches Up wtih Modern Art
7. Fast Chicks and Imbeciles
8. Nukufilm: Changing of the Guard
9. Music...Please
10. Uncorked
11. The Next Wave
12. Will the Strip Snap?
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