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Jirí Trnka
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Birth: Feb. 24, 1912
Plzen
Plzensky (Plzen), Czech Republic
Death: Dec. 30, 1969
Prague
Prague Capital City, Czech Republic

Czech puppet maker, illustrator, motion picture animator and film director. He is best known, however, for his work in animation with puppets. Born in Pilsen belonging to a middle class family, he introduced himself in the world of puppets in 1936 but it wasn't until 1945 that he began the field he would be best known for: animation with them. From then on Trnka continued to direct movies until 1965 when he retired, also writing himself the scripts. Among his films are the following shorts: "Zvirátka to petrovstí" (1946, cartoons), Román s basou" (1949), "Dva mrazíci (1953, shadow puppets), Proc UNESCO?" (1958), "Vasen" (1962), "Kybernetická babicka" (1962), "Gabriel Archandel Pani Husa" (1964), and "Ruka" (1965), as well as six features: "Spalícek" (1947), "Cisaruv slavik" (1949), "Bajaj" (1950), "Staré Ceske povesti" (1953), "Vojak Dobrý Svejk" (1955), and "Sen noci svatojanske" (1959). Victim of a heart condition, he died in Prague at the age of only 57, and his funeral was a large event. Trnka was nicknamed "The Walt Disney of Eastern Europe", though their styles are very different. 
 
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Ustredni hrbitov
Plzen
Plzensky (Plzen), Czech Republic
 
Created by: Alberto Blanco
Record added: Sep 22, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 76902795
Jirí Trnka
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