Adventures of Juku the Dog

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Kutsu-Juku seiklusi
Directed by Voldemar Päts
Produced by Aleksander Teppor
Written by Voldemar Päts
Cinematography Aleksander Teppor
Release date
30 April 1931
Running time
6 minutes (but only 4 minutes have been preserved)
Country Estonia
Language Silent

The Adventures of Juku The Dog (1931)[1] (Estonian: Kutsu-Juku seiklusi) [2] is the first Estonian experimental animated short film written and directed by Voldemar Päts, produced by Aleksaner Teppor and animation by cartoonist Elmar Jaanimägi. For the film about 5000 drawings were made. Out of the total of 180 meters (6 minutes) of shot film stock about 100m (4 minutes) have survived. The soundtrack for the silent film was provided by Records of the Tormolen Co. Parlophon. In total 2 films in the series were attempted, the second one called The Adventures of Juku on Earth and Water was not completed and has not survived. [3]

After the Great Depression and WWII hit Estonia, the first professional puppetoon animation studio in Estonia Nukufilm was established by Elbert Tuganov in 1958 and a traditional cel animation studio Joonisfilm by Rein Raamat in 1971. In modern times the most known Estonian Animation Director is Priit Pärn, the winner of Grand Prize at the Ottawa International Animation Festival in 1998.


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