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Animated films are the stuff childhoods are made of. These animations, however, aren't targeted at kids but they're not 'adult' animations either. They're experimental and alternative animations which explore hidden meanings, play with stereotypes, and bring life to inanimate objects in curious worlds.

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Still from Jan Lenica's "Labyrinth", photo: Studio Miniatur Filmowych

Animators are many things. They're poets of imagery and comedians, puppet and stop motion masters, illustrators and experts of 3D technology. Poland boasts an impressive array of well-respected and accomplished animators. Here is a (short) guide to Polish animation.

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On/Off, dir. Piotr Ludwik, film still, source: Se-ma-for.

From Mexico to Brazil through Chile, Columbia and Argentina - animated films produced by the Łódż studio Se-ma-for are to set out on a tour of South America.

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Still from Marek Skrobecki's "Fish", photo: Se-ma-for

Se-ma-for, one of the biggest Polish animation studios, creates a YouTube channel. Available videos include Oscar winning production Peter and the Wolf and the Quay Brother's Maska.

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From the set of "The Flying Machine"

A 3D live-action/animation family feature film directed by Martin Clapp, Geoff Lindsey, and co-directed by Marek Skrobecki. Produced by Hugh Welchman...

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Still from Marek Skrobecki's "Danny Boy"

2010 Animated film directed by Marek Skrobecki. Marek Skrobecki's puppet animation is a metaphorical and bitterly ironic story about a society suffering from "a headless existence". Danny Boy is an individual at odds with the system, emotions of otherness and the need for acceptance.

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Marek Skrobecki, photo by Cezary Pecold / SE / East News

Director of animated films - mainly puppet animations - set designer, artist and screenwriter.

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www.filmpolski.pl

Animated film. Director and artistic design: Marek Skrobecki, 2005.

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