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The Mascot

France, 1933 (MIFF 1994, Animation Focus - Starewicz)

Director: Wladyslaw Starewicz

Starewicz uses an energetic camera to follow his animated creation through a real, live action world of traffic and danger. The protagonist, a puppy, wonders into the Bosch-like landscape inhabited by the relics of a hedonistic society in decay. In its quest to capture an elusive orange, (Starewicz's symbol of virtue) the hapless puppy must contend with an environment that is unrelentingly bleak and threatening.

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