Jabberwocky (1971 film)

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English title card
Directed by Jan Švankmajer
Produced by Erna Kmínková
Marta Sichová
Jirí Vanek
Written by Jan Švankmajer
Music by Zdenek Liska
Cinematography Boris Baromykin
Edited by Helena Lebdusková
Distributed by STM
Release date
Running time
14 minutes
Country Czechoslovakia
Language Czech

Jabberwocky (Czech: Žvahlav aneb šatičky slaměného Huberta) is a 1971 Czechoslovak animated short film written and directed by Jan Švankmajer, based loosely on the poem "Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll. It was produced by Erna Kmínková, Marta Sichová, Jirí Vanek, and animated by Vlasta Pospísilová.


In the film, the poem by Lewis Carroll is read and a wardrobe is shown moving through a forest. The wardrobe contains a strange playroom inside that is watched over by an old man in a portrait.[1] The film switches between images of dolls, toys in a nursery, and paper planes to images of dismembered dolls, maggot-infested vines, and a black cat knocking things over.[2] The ending of the film contains an ink blob escaping from an occurring maze, freeing itself from life's constraints. It then defaces the image of the old man (the authority figure) and flees out of the window.


Jabberwocky was included on a DVD entitled CINEMA16 with over 3½ hours of short films, which was released by the studio Warp Films on June 5, 2006.[3]


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2007-08-26. 
  3. ^ "Cinema 16 - European Short Films". Dvdbeaver.com. 2006-06-05. Retrieved 2017-04-01. 

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