Hermina Tyrlova


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The greatest Czech follower of Vladislav Starevich's and Aleksandr Ptushko's tradition of puppet movies was Hermina Tyrlova (1900), who made dozens of animated shorts, sometimes mixing animation and live action, and often animating everyday's objects, almost always accompanied with Zdenek Liska's music, such as: Ferda Mravenec/ Fernando the Ant (1944), Vzpoura Hracek/ The Revolt of the Toys (1946), and Ukolebavka/ Lullaby (1948). Starting with Uzel na Kapesniku/ The Knot in the Handkerchief (1958) her shorts became more abstract, culminating with the six “woollen stories” of the 1960s, when she was already in her 60s starting with Vlnena Pohadka/ The Woolly Tale (1964), and the "felt stories" of the 1970s, via surreal sketches like Modra Zasterka/ The Blue Apron (1965).

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