The Fabulous Baron Munchausen

The Fabulous Baron Munchausen

Directed by Karel Zeman • 1962 • Czechoslovakia
Starring Milos Kopecký, Rudolf Jelínek

This kaleidoscopic marvel from the Czech visionary Karel Zeman combines live action with dazzlingly stylized animation to conjure the adventures of the legendary, boastful Baron Munchausen, whose fantastical exploits take him from the moon to eighteenth-century Turkey to the belly of a whale and beyond. A cinematic whirligig of stop-motion whimsy, cut-out collage, puppetry, painted backdrops, and antique tinting techniques, THE FABULOUS BARON MUNCHAUSEN is an exhilarating visual delight from a filmmaker whose work has influenced generations of animators and fantasists, including Jan Švankmajer, Terry Gilliam, Tim Burton, and Wes Anderson.

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The Fabulous Baron Munchausen
  • The Fabulous Baron Munchausen

    Directed by Karel Zeman • 1962 • Czechoslovakia
    Starring Milos Kopecký, Rudolf Jelínek

    This kaleidoscopic marvel from the Czech visionary Karel Zeman combines live action with dazzlingly stylized animation to conjure the adventures of the legendary, boastful Baron Munchausen, whose fantastical e...

Extras

  • The Birth of a Film Legend

    In this program, director Karel Zeman; his daughter, artist and animator Ludmila Zemanová; and producer Karel Hutěčka discuss Zeman’s influences and self-education in the craft of animation.

  • Why Zeman Made the Film

    The short documentary features director Karel Zeman; actor Miloš Kopecký; and Zeman’s daughter, artist and animator Ludmila Zemanová, recalling the inspiration for and making of The Fabulous Baron Munchausen.

  • The Cast

    In the following program, actor Miloš Kopecký and artist and animator Ludmila Zemanová discuss how director Karel Zeman worked with performers and directed them during complex photographic effects sequences.

  • Karel Zeman, the Legend Continues

    This short program with producer Karel Hutěčka and artist and animator Ludmila Zemanová details their thoughts about the impact of director Karel Zeman on the craft of animation and their own lives.

  • Karel Zeman and the World

    The cinematic impact and influence of director Karel Zeman are detailed in this short program via interviews with filmmakers Tim Burton and Terry Gilliam and animator Koji Yamamura.