/ PRESS - PAT
& MAT got their place at many
exhibitions, such as the exhibition of
Czechoslovak animation at the Jane
Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum on the campus
of the Rutgers University, New Brunswick.
in an article by William Zimmer, The New
York Times, March 1991, together with Jan
Svankmajer's and Jiri Trnka's object and
puppet animation, and Gene Deitch' cel
The Charms of Czech Film Animation
pliable puppets are the stars of
... The country's
speciality is the animated puppet film ...
The movable puppet, with wooden frame, has
been a longtime presence in [Czech
and Slovak] culture.
The film versions [of
natural materials on a sofisticated
hand-made metal carcass],
with highly pliable extremities made of
plastic, are as versatile as any character
drawn in ink on acetate - and more
The effect of using puppets, which are
less real than humans yet more immediate
than two-dimensional figures, is a
palpability that can make narratives
A central component
of the exhibition is the films themselves,
shown ... in the 35-millimeter format ...
But in the gallery are many sets from the
films, inhabited by puppet characters.
These include the
green tract house that is the location of
the episodic adventures of
AND MAT, who are
ordinary, if dimwitted, fellows simply
trying to get through life. Popular on [Czech
and Slovak] television
and as shorts preceding cinematic
features, the Pat and Mat films are
perhaps the equivalent of this country's
television Simpsons ...
and Slovak] culture is
so imbued with animation that films are
designated for children, for adults or for
all ages ...
The amazing industry
that is [Czech and
Slovak animation] can
only become better known. If an American
sometimes wonders 'What's in it for me ?'
when hearing or reading about the changes
rocking Eastern Europe, this exhibition
reveals one of the more vivid benefits ...