Zagreb Film

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Zagreb Film
Private company limited by shares
IndustryAnimation, Film production
Founded1953; 67 years ago (1953)

Zagreb Film is a Croatian film company principally known for its animation studio. From Zagreb, it was founded in 1953. They have produced hundreds of animated films, as well as documentaries, television commercials, educational films and several feature films.

Their probably most famous product was the cartoon series Professor Balthazar (Croatian: Profesor Baltazar), created by Zlatko Grgić, about an amusing professor who solved various imaginative problems. Another popular cartoon of theirs was Inspector Mask (Inspektor Maska).


Zagreb Film was founded in 1953 with the main profile of an animated films production company. Since then, more than 600 animated films, 14 feature films, about 600 documentaries and 800 commercials as well as 600 educational films were produced in this studio. Also we have to mention 30,000 meters of archive material that was shot about the city of Zagreb and another 30 hours of material was shot on a DVCAM. The company operates on three locations; one with ateliers for artists, shooting equipment, small theater and one with film warehouse, video multiplication room and administration. The third location is used for commercial purposes. During all these years, Zagreb Film received more than 400 awards on Festivals all over the world. Among them is the Academy Award - Oscar for the best animated short film in 1962 where Dušan Vukotić had become the first European animator to win the Oscar award for Surogat (Ersatz). Wealth of genres and different styles that were growing in Zagreb was the reason for Georges Sadoul, the French film theorist, critic and historian to coin the term Zagreb school of animation, what became the trademark for top grade and innovative animated films made in Zagreb. Besides artistic films Zagreb film produced films and TV series like Inspektor Maska, Professor Balthazar, The Little Flying Bears and Maxi Cat. Most of these films were distributed internationally. The biggest global success was with the famous character of Professor Balthazar. [1]


Animated TV series[edit]



  • Adam (1970)
  • Maxi Cat (1971-1973)
  • Ptica i crvek (1978-1984)

Animated shorts[edit]


Compilations of Zagreb animation[edit]

  • The Best of Zagreb Film: Be Careful What You Wish For/The Classic Collection (2000) [15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b "Cartoons Considered For An Academy Award – 1960 -".
  3. ^ Short Film Winners: 1962 Oscars-YouTube
  4. ^ "Cartoons Considered For the Academy Award – 1963 -".
  5. ^ Shirley MacLaine presents Short Film Oscars® in 1964
  6. ^ "Cartoons Considered For An Academy Award 1966 -".
  7. ^ "Cartoons Considered For An Academy Award 1968 -".
  8. ^ Short Film Winners: 1973 Oscars-YouTube
  9. ^ "Cartoons Considered For An Academy Award 1974 -".
  10. ^ "Cartoons Considered For An Academy Award – 1978 -".
  11. ^ "Cartoons Considered For An Academy Award – 1980 -".
  12. ^ Dream Doll (1979)-Company Credits-IMDB
  13. ^ Cartoons Considered for An Academy Award-1979-Cartoon Research
  14. ^ Short Film Winners: 1980 Oscars-YouTube
  15. ^ Amazon

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