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|Dog Days'' / Dog Days 3|
|Dog Days'' / Dog Days 3|
|Production Company:||Studio FILM BILDER GmbH|
|Distribution Company:||Studio FILM BILDER GmbH|
|Year of Production:||2014|
|Category:||Narrative Short Animation|
About Andreas Hykade
Born in Altötting, Bavaria, Andreas Hykade studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart and soon found himself working as an animator in London. After attending the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg for Animation from 1992-1995, Hykade has gone on to teach and give workshops on animation as well as working as a freelance animator of shorts, features and animated films for children.
Color Classics Series Fleischer Studios Run time: 8:56
Released in 1936, this enchanting film offers a prime example of Max Fleischer’s patented set-backprocess (sometimes erroneously called the ‘stereoptical process’). Using this pioneering system in which animation cels were filmed against actual 3-dimensional sets, Fleischer animators were able to create a depth of field and lushness unique to animation at the time.
This was also the Studios’ first film using three-strip Technicolor; a complex process that involved an overhaul of the entire machinery and processing of filming. Although the process, invented by Herbert Thomas Kalmus, had been in use for a few years, Disney had secured exclusive use of the process through 1935.
The film's story, in turn both moving and playful, follows two impoverished children who go to bed hungry and dreaming of a better life, and awaken to find their dreams come to life. In contrasting the daily hardships of urban life with the magical enormity of a child’s fantasy world -- full of delicacies and delights --Somewhere in Dreamland creates a moving and poignant portrait of life in Depression-era America.
Rather brilliantly, the animators increase the impact of this contrast by waiting until the Dreamland sequence to take full advantage of the magical, 3-D effect created by the set-back process. To see this, pay attention to how the flat, somewhat monochromatic background of the film's early urban scenes gives way to the expansive and more intricately detailed layers and colors of Dreamland.
The title song, with music by Murray Mencher and lyrics by Charles Newman, was written specifically for the film.
Somewhere in Dreamland
I'll see you somewhere in dreamlandSomewhere in dreamland tonightOver a bridge made of moonbeamsWe'll find our clouds are silver linedEach little star in the cosmosShining our welcome so brightDreams will come true for me and youSomewhere in dreamland tonight
The film is part of the Color Classics Series that started in 1934 and continued for seven years. A total of 36 films were produced for the series and two were nominated for an Academy Award: Best Short Subject (Cartoons): Educated Fish (in 1938) and Hunky and Spunky (in 1939).
|Patent drawing for the set-back process|