Karel Zeman

Active - 1947 - 2011  |   Born - Nov 3, 1910   |   Died - Apr 5, 1989   |   Genres - Fantasy, Adventure, Children's/Family, Science Fiction

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Biography by Sandra Brennan

Czechoslovakian animator Karel Zeman has created a number of feature films noted for their creativity and for blending live-action with animation and wonderful special effects. Born and raised in Moravia, he started out dressing windows and painting posters. From there Zeman made a few advertising films. In the mid-'40s, he created Mr. Prokouk the Bureaucrat, a popular cartoon character. He also began making short films and experimenting with different types of animation using drawings and puppet figures. Zeman began making feature films such as The Fabulous World of Jules Verne (1957) and Baron Munchausen (1962).

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