Sunday Matinee: Welcome to Dollywood
Nedeljska matineja: Dobrodošli v Dollywood!
Sunday, 7. 10. 2018
11:00, Cinephilia Focus 8: Sunday matinee: Welcome to Dollywood, Salon of Applied Arts
Sunday Matinee: Welcome to Dollywood! // Nedeljska matineja: Dobrodošli v Dollywood!
The Disney of Duivendrecht/ Disney iz Duivendrechta
Berenike Rozgonyi (NGN produkcije)
2012, NLD, 59'
Documentary film that not only follows breakthroughs of Joop Geesink's artistic and commercial path, but also seeks to find out how it was possible for the businessman to start his own enterprise and why the astonishing „Dollywood” eventually fell.
The Disney of Duivendrecht a businessman's idea of an artist
Documentary on the groundbreaking puppet animation films with which the Dutch animation pioneer Joop Geesink conquered the world. Over fifty years ago, the Netherlands had a professional film studio specialising in puppet animation: the Geesink Studio. From the 1940s to the 1970s, this company was run by producer Joop Geesink (1913‐1984) and conceived hundreds of puppet films under the name Dollywood. The studio has won over 80 international prices among which several Lions awards from the renowned international advertising festival in Cannes. Joop Geesink was one of the big animation pioneers in the Netherlands, along with Marten Toonder and George Pál. The Geesink Studio mainly produced commercials. Apart from their biggest Dutch client Philips, Geesink's international clientele was quite impressive: Mackeson, Ballantine, Campari, Coca-‐Cola, Knorr, Heineken, Heinz, and many more. The studio produced commercials for markets in Europe, Asia, South and North America. Germany and Italy were particularly important markets for Geesink; he even opened offices in Dusseldorf and Rome. In its heydays the studio employed over a 100 people. The puppet films are little gems that strike the eye by their professional animation techniques, immaculate backgrounds, cute puppets and funny stories. The productions typically show a safe world populated by cheerful characters. This documentary shines light on the innovative entrepreneurship of Joop Geesink and the unique talents of his animators through interviews with former employees and numerous memorable film fragments.