>>> Film studio "Animacijas Brigade" is a puppet animation film studio, producing puppet films, puppet film series and commercials. Working in classic stop motion technique.

The Studio was founded in 1966. by puppet film and theater director Arnolds Burovs and since then "Animacijas brigade" has produced more than 100 puppet animation films, made by different directors.

 

Most of the film scripts are original, some are based on Latvian or foreign literature, or comic strips.

 

In the 90's the studio "Animacijas brigade" started to produce comic puppet film series for small children and family: 

 

>>  "Munk and Lemmy"- 14 episodes, directors Rauls Šenbergs, Nils Skapāns and Māris Brinkmanis.

 

>>  "The Rescue Team" - 26 episodes for all age audience; director Jānis Cimmermanis.

 

>>  Mischiefs” director Jānis Cimmermanis - 4 episodes.

 

>>  "Animals"- 7 episodes directors: Nils Skapāns, Dace Rīdūze and Māris Brinkmanis 

 

scene from the first  "Rescue Team" episode "THE SWAN"  (1991)
scene from the first "Rescue Team" episode "THE SWAN" (1991)

Scene from the animation film series "Munk and Lemmy"

 

    Perhaps the most peculiar features of the series are the funny characters inspired and made by artists of the studio, the good scripts and timing.

 

   Most of the films are 5 - 10 minutes long without dialogues so people all around the world can understand the story.

 

   Film studio "Animacijas brigade" means a group of professionals, sixteen in number right now, three filming pavilions, and working parallel. The puppets are fully handmade. The studio produces a 5 - minute puppet film/commercial in approximately 2 months.

Scene from the animation short "Hedgehogs and the city" (2013.)

director Ēvalds Lācis

 

  Films, produced by the Film Studio "ANIMACIJAS BRIGADE", have participated in different International Film Festivals, 15 - 30 during a year, and have won high and prestigious prizes, as "The Glass Bear" of Berlin International Film Festival 1995 (the main prize of the Children Film Festival Jury for the film "Munk and Lemmy. Let' s Fly?!" directed by Nils Skapans), and many others. Between the most honorable films is “HUNTING” (MEDIBAS) from series “RESCUE TEAM” directed by Janis Cimmermanis. Film, which had been produced at 2007. has received 9 prizes at different festivals. Another successful animation short is "HEDGEHOGS AND THE CITY" (2013.) by Evalds Lacis; it has received 10 awards in international film festivals around the world.

 

   Film Studio "ANIMACIJAS BRIGADE" also had a great opportunity to produce a co-production feature film with Danish company Zentropa Productions

"THE THREE MUSKETEERS" (2006.).

Studio also did puppet animation work on feature film "PROP & BERTA" (2000.).

 

   >>> Today Film studio "Animacijas brigade" ltd. continues it's successful work in the classic puppet animation technique and keeps this amazing form of art alive and going.

 

Zentropa Productions feature film trailer "PROP & BERTA" (2000.)

scene from feature film "THE THREE MUSKETEERS " (2006) co-oproduction with Danish company Zentropa Productions
scene from feature film "THE THREE MUSKETEERS " (2006) co-oproduction with Danish company Zentropa Productions

Film studio "Animacijas brigade" animated Telescreen Filmproducties and A.Film Production puppet animation feature film “Miffy the movie” (2013.)

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