Thursday, January 2, 2014

"Полигон // Testing Ground" [1977]

About half an year after posting "The Fortress" here, I remembered about one more anti-war animation that deserves credit. Strangely, I've never seen it on TV, even though it was aired very often during the 80's and 90's. Leaving apart its plot, it's notable for it's "pseudo-3D" style of animation, which was quite unusual for its time of creation, and makes the film loook somewhat modern even by today's standards:


Wikipedia:

"The plot is based on an anti-war military science fiction story by Sever Gansovsky.

In the not-too-distant future a scientist from a military great power wants revenge for his son (who was a soldier KIA during war) and thus invents a weapon capable of ending the conflict - an automated mind-reading tank that detects and reacts to human feelings of hostility and fear. After his revenge successfully takes place (as the tank destroys a number of generals responsible for the loss of his son) he himself falls victim to his own creation.

The film has an open ending.

Polygon was directed by Anatoly Petrov (born 1937) and it was based on a screenplay by Sever Gansovsky (edited by Arcady Snessarev). The short film was produced by Lubov' Butyrina and released by Soyuzmultfilm studio. It featured the artwork of artists Elena Karavaeva, Olga Bogolubova, I. Kulakova, Elena Bogolubova and N. Ivancheva. The art director was Galina Barinova.

The animator was Vladimir Zarubin under the supervision of Anatoly Petrov. It was filmed by cameraman Michael Druyan and the sound effects and music were created by Vladimir Kutuzov.

The film was drawn in an unusual animation technique called photographica that consists of two celluloid layers for each character with special color schemes and with one of the layers out of focus to imitate the three-dimensional space rendering. The animation then actively moves the virtual camera to change perspective dynamically for each scene and give a sense of realism, without the use of any CGI methods (which weren't available at the time)"

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