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Experimental short movie by Zbigniew Rybczyński, winner of the Academy Award for the Best Short Animated Film in 1983.

Thirty-six characters from different stages of life interact in one room, moving in loops, observed by a static camera. (Source: Zbig Vision)

The author says: “I had to draw and paint about 16.000 cell-mattes, and make several hundred thousand exposures on an optical printer. It took a full seven months, sixteen hours per day, to make the piece. The miracle is that the negative got through the process with only minor damage, and I made less than one hundred mathematical mistakes…”

A lot of music videos have been inspired and/or paid hommage to this short movie: the refreshing video for Kylie Minogue’s Come in to My World directed by Michel Gondry, the variaton provided by R.E.M.’s Imitation of Life by Garth Jennings, the complete rip-off of Greenday’s Redundant by Mark Kohr and many others… (credits to Kamigurumi for the last one.)

Zbigniew Rybczyński is a Polish filmmaker who has won numerous prestigious industry awards internationally. He is currently a researcher for blue and green screen compositing technology at Ultimatte Corporation. (Source: Wikipedia)

If you want to purchase the movie, you’ll find it on The World’s Greatest Animation, along with some of the best short animation made in the last thirty years.

Cortometraggio sperimentale di Zbigniew Rybczyński, vincitore del Premio Oscar per il miglior corto animato nel 1983.

Trentasei personaggi da tempi diversi interagiscono in una stanza, muovendosi in ciclo, osservati da una camera statica. (Fonte: Zbig Vision)

Dice l’autore: “Ho dovuto disegnare e dipingere circa 16.000 fotogrammi, e fare diverse centinaia di migliaia di esposizioni su una stampante ottica. Ho impiegato circa sette mesi, sedici ore al giorni. Il miracolo è che il negativo sia uscito dal processo solo con danni minimi, e che io abbia commesso meno di un centianaio di errori di calcolo…”

Molti videoclip si sono ispirati e/o hanno omaggiato questo cortometraggio: il rinfrescante video per Come in to My World di Kylie Minogue diretto da Michel Gondry, la variazione sul tema di Imitation of Life dei R.E.M. diretto da Garth Jennings, la copia spudorata di Mark Kohr per Redundant dei Greenday, e tanti altri… (ave a Kamigurumi per l’ultimo dei tre.)

Zbigniew Rybczyński è un cineasta polacco, vincitore di prestigiosi riconoscimenti internazionali. Al momento è svolge ricerche sulla tecnologia di compositing a schermo blu e verde presso Ultimatte Corporation. (Fonte: Wikipedia)

Chi fosse interessato all’acquisto del film, lo trova in The World’s Greatest Animation, insieme ad alcuni dei migliori corti animati prodotti negli ultimi 30 anni.

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{ 5 } Comments

  1. Masterfill | 11 June 2006 at 02:22 | Permalink

    I’m Corbacho and I’m the co-administrator of

    I’m paying the hosting of this video.. I don’t care you use it but please, the correct source is

  2. DeK - Delirium & Kaos | 11 June 2006 at 12:26 | Permalink

    Oooops… Fixed.
    Sorry for the inconvenience.
    I always try to credit the correct source, but this time my Googling skills failed.

  3. Masterfill | 11 June 2006 at 14:02 | Permalink

    Ok. Be careful. Next time I’ll call the camorra

    XD I’m just kidding.
    Thanks and keep doing this nice work.

  4. DeK - Delirium & Kaos | 11 June 2006 at 14:24 | Permalink

    > Ok. Be careful. Next time I’ll call the camorra

    I’ll call my cousin!!! No kidding! :P

  5. christopher | 24 October 2006 at 19:22 | Permalink

    Hi Corbacho, thank you for very nice words about Zbig Rybczynski work.
    Apparently you placed Mr. Zbig Rybczynski TANGO to be downloded from your site without our permission. Would you please remove it.We can agree to publish only a still from this movie. Hope we will get a feedback from you shortly,
    Christopher Wojciechowski
    Zbig Vision Ltd.
    7844 Lilac Lane
    Simi Valley, CA 93063
    tel.(213) 705 5694
    fax.(805)526 1139

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  1. [...] Tango is certainly a prodigy of pre-digital animation. The experimental short video shows thirty-six characters interacting in one room, moving in loops just like alienated monads. Winning of an Academy Awards in 1983, this almost artisanal work inspired later well-known short music videos directors (Michel Gondry for Kylie Minogue’s Come in to My World, Garth Jennings for R.E.M.’s Imitation of Life, Mark Kohr for Green Day’s Redundant — information from No Fat Clips) [...]

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