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Cartoon Friday Watercooler: The Creation


It’s Cartoon Friday, again!

A knit children's cat toy in progress, laid out on a table, with limbs unsewn and unstuffed

Igor, get me my stuffing and thread!

The Creation (Die Schöpfung), a 1994 film from Stuttgart’s Film Bilder studio, begins with the biblical story, but it quickly becomes clear that this short cartoon is more about the forms of art and the process of creation in the hands of humanity. Indeed, the “twist” ending suggests a little of the anguish we go through as we wrestle with our creative demons in the hopes of giving birth to a new work of art.

Film Bilder describes The Creation:

The film depicts the creation of the world through playful images that draw parallels with the creative process associated with art. It focuses on the problems and dangers involved. But all’s well that ends well — because we’re at the movies.

Script, Direction, Animation: Thomas Meyer-Hermann
Singing animals: Jürgen Haas
Music: Joseph Haydn
Sound effects: Krüger und Krüger
Sponsored by: Hamburger Filmbüro and FFA
Production: Thomas Meyer-Hermann

Creation has won several awards. Film Bilder’s work has appeared in many places, but one place you’re likely to have seen it — the titles and other animated sequences in Run Lola Run (Lola Rennt).

Critical analysis aside, I make no great claims to maturity. So I’ll admit that I cracked up at the squeaky dawning of the 5th day.

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