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Encyclopedia > Krysar

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Directed by Jiří Barta
Written by Kamil Pixa
Music by Michael Kocáb
Cinematography Vladimír Malík
Ivan Pit
Editing by Helena Lebdusková
Release date 1985 (Czechoslovakia)
Running time 53 min
Country Czechoslovakia
Language Czech
IMDb profile

Křysar, or Krysar, is a 1985 Czechoslovakian stop motion-animated feature film directed by Jiří Barta. This article is about the year. ... See also: 1984 in film, other events of 1985, 1986 in film, list of years in film. Events Top grossing films Back to the Future, starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson Rambo: First Blood Part II, starring Sylvester Stallone Rocky IV, starring Sylvester Stallone The Color Purple... Czechoslovakia (Czech: ÄŒeskoslovensko, Slovak: ÄŒesko-Slovensko/before 1990 ÄŒeskoslovensko) was a country in Central Europe that existed from 1918 until early 1993 (with government-in-exile during the World War II period). ... Stop motion is an animation technique which makes things that are static appear to be moving. ... 12 frames per second is the typical rate for an animated cartoon. ... A reel of film, which predates digital cinematography. ...

It was one of the Trnka Studio's (named after Czechoslovakian animation pioneer Jiří Trnka) most ambitious projects of the 1980s, notable for its unusual dark art direction, innovative animation techniques and lack of almost any understandable dialogue (similar to the more recent Triplets of Belleville). Jiří Trnka (24 February 1912 Plzeň - 30 December 1969) was Czech puppet maker, illustrator, motion-picture animator and film director, renowned for his puppet animations. ... MacGyver - 1980s hero The 1980s decade refers to the years from 1980 to 1989, inclusive. ... Les Triplettes de Belleville (aka Belleville Rendez-vous; The Triplets of Belleville in English) is a 2003 French-Canadian animated feature film directed and written by Sylvain Chomet. ...



An example of the cubist art design present in much of the film
An example of the cubist art design present in much of the film

The story is a modified adaptation of the traditional fairy tale The Pied Piper of Hamelin. Woman with a guitar by Georges Braque, 1913 Cubist house in Prague Cubism is an important and influential art movement; it was an avant-garde art movement that revolutionized European painting and sculpture in the early 20th century. ... The oldest picture of Pied Piper (watercolor) copied from the glass window of Marktkirche in Hameln by Freiherr Augustin von Moersperg. ...

The film starts with the image of a mechanism beginning to work - as the gears move (behind the scenes), the sun slowly rises up over a town and a new day begins. The town, Hamelin, is shown to be one which is full of corrupted, petty people, where everything is wasted and money and social rank are the first priority. The waste leads to a gigantic rat infestation at night. As the town leaders meet to decide on the best course of action, a stranger appears in the doorway - a hooded piper who with the sound of his playing can entice rats to run over a cliff to their deaths. The town leaders are very happy and offer him 1000 gold coins as payment if he would get rid of all of the town's rats. The piper accepts, and begins walking through the city, leading all of the rats behind him. At the same time, a jewellery seller who was among the elite group of leaders walks into a woman's home and asks her to marry him. The woman (who is so far the only character who doesn't look grotesque, implying innocence) refuses. The jeweller persists, but before he can do anything the piper passes by her house and the jewellery seller is forced to jump out of the window at the sound of the music. After all of the rats jump into a lake, the piper comes back into town, on the way once again stopping the jeweller's advances on the woman. The piper and the woman sit on the bench together as he plays a beautiful melody that is accompanied by paint-on-wood animation (a complete change of style from the rest of the film).

Finally, the piper goes to collect his promised payment. The town leaders (who are in the middle of gorging themselves on food and wine) give him only a black button. The piper leaves angrily. Meanwhile, the jeweller is seen drinking and telling his sad tale of rejection to his friends, who decide to do something about it. That night, they break into the woman's house as she is praying, rape and kill her (this is implied rather than shown). The piper comes, but this time he is far too late - all that he can do is close the eyes of her horrified face.

Now the piper climbs up the highest tower in the town, to the top floor, where the machinery for the sun that we saw in the introduction is located. At the very top is the god Jupiter, holding an hourglass which symbolizes the life of the town. The piper and Jupiter have a silent conversation, and a desision is made. All of the sand in Jupiter's hourglass runs out, and the gears that make the sun rise stop working. As the first chime of morning strikes, the sun does not rise; instead, the piper walks out and plays his pipe. As the citizens hear him, they turn into rats and follow the sound, eventually jumping over the cliff just like the "real" rats did previously. Hourglass in wooden stand An hourglass, also known as a sandglass or sand timer, is a device for the measurement of time. ...

The only person left is an old fisherman (who was seen watching the city from far-of earlier in the film) who comes to watch. When he gets close to the piper, however, the piper ceases to exist - his cloak, now empty of a person inside it, flies away with the wind. The fisherman walks into the empty city and finds a baby in one of the houses (who is still uncorrupted). He takes the baby away with him.



  • Almost everything in the film is made out of wood. All of the sets and characters were first drawn on paper and then sent to a professional wood-carver, who carved thousands of different objects for the film.
  • Real dead rats were used for the rat "puppets". Some footage of live rats was also used.
  • The film has also been screened under the names The Pied Piper and The Pied Piper of Hamelin. The literal translation of the Czech title is The Rat Catcher. However, all of the DVD and video releases use the name Krysar.

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  • 1986—Bilbao International Festival of Documentary and Short Films: "Golden Mikeldi" Award.

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See also

This is a list of animated feature-length films from around the world organised chronologically by year; theatrical releases as well as made-for-TV and direct-to-video movies. ...

External links

  • Krysar at the Internet Movie Database
  • The Morality of Horror - Kinoeye article about Křysar
    • Interview with Jirí Barta about Křysar and The Golem, his next film
  • Darkstrider.net - video clips from Křysar and trailer for The Golem
  • Trailer for Krysar from Films de Paradoxe



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