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"Otto the Spider" picture books by Manuela Vladic-Mastruko

 

 

"Otto the Spider",

Zagreb, Naklada Haid, 2004

The picture book is translated into the English and published on International children Digital Library. The story of Otto the Spider tells us of a grouchy, lonely and too tidy creature – a little spider. Otto lives in the basement of an old house. He webs and fills his days in monotonous solitude, while watching that nobody and nothing disturbs his peace and in ingrained habits. Otto dislikes the wind that sometimes flies inside his basement and plays in his webs. The crux of our story and completion of Otto's transformation occurs after he happens to find a little chest full of handicraft tools. There he experienced something very strange. This strange happening shocked Otto and inspired him to weave a special web made of small peaces of spare parts of lace and wool. The web was colored and vivid. Then, the spider invited the wind happily to play on this new web. Every color and thread had its own sound.

 


The Adventure of Otto the Spider

Zagreb, Naklada Haid 2006 

The picture book is translated into the English and Japanese and won a prize „Sheep in the Box“ for the 2005  Best Croatian Picture Book

This story tells of the dawn of a passion of a life through the awakening of creativity and art. Once a grumpy creature – Otto the Spider experiences an initiation and hence the transformation. He becomes a friend to the wind and creates an unusual fancy web – an instrument for games and dances. Otto now loves to dance and conduct the wind playing in the web. In these picture book Otto departures for the big world and, owing to his stitch art, he is able to help many animals in trouble. He is able to stitch a house for a snail, a nest for a bird and even beautiful gentle flowers to one dry and sad meadow. 


 

 

 "Otto and Valentine", Zagreb, Sipar, 2016

Otto the Spider lives and knits his webs in a dark cellar. Once he decided to explore his neighborhood and founded a colorful florist shop. There, among the flowers, he saw the most beautiful creature ever: the spider Valentine. He fell in love at once. He was trying to charm her and concur her heart by knitting her flowers and hearts but she was not impressed. Valentine thinks that love should be express by original gesture and presents, and that natural flower are more colorful and more beautiful than any imitation. While he was trying to make her something very special, he has puzzled all the treads he had, and he tot that is exactly how love and life is; a messy thing! But all of the sudden he tot that this messy thing could be a right gift to his beloved one, and run to her once again. – Dear Valentine, love and life are messy things, would you like to be my partner and help me to unpuzzle this mystery. After Valentine said that this is the most original and romantic statement she ever heard, they started to extricate the messy ball and made together the most beautiful things that creatures in love can make.

 

Pužić slikar /Snail the Painter, animated film, Zagreb film, 2018


Snail the Painter is an educational animated film for small children.

It is an interesting and simple story about little crawling snails and colors. The children get acquainted with the primary colors (red, yellow, blue) and what happens when they are mixed – how secondary colors are made (orange, purple and green).


Snails slide along leaving traces behind them (primary colors), when they cross each other’s path new colors are created, secondary colors. When rain and a thunder storm interrupt their game, new "non-colors" are introduced (black, grey and white) in the story, and the concept of watering and under toning colors, as well. After the storm, the sun shines again but the snails cannot find the colors, somehow they disappeared. The snails are sad and look for the colors and they finally find them transcended in a rainbow up in the sky.

 

Snail Peter is especially enchanted with the Rainbow and he wishes for all the colors to be with him, all the time. The Rainbow fills the little snail house with its colors and so Peter becomes a painter. He goes on crawling, coloring all his paths with many different colors. Thus, at the end, this simple story also gets the meaning of a search for identity and illustrates how it is formed. cross each other’s path new colors are created, secondary colors. When rain and a thunder storm interrupt their game, new "non-colors" are introduced (black, grey and white) in the story, and the concept of watering and under toning colors, as well. After the storm, the sun shines again but the snails cannot find the colors, somehow they disappeared. The snails are sad and look for the colors and they finally find them transcended in a rainbow up in the sky. Snail Peter is especially enchanted with the Rainbow and he wishes for all the colors to be with him, all the time. The Rainbow fills the little snail house with its colors and so Peter becomes a painter. He goes on crawling, coloring all his paths with many different colors. Thus, at the end, this simple story also gets the meaning of a search for identity and illustrates how it is formed.

7 min, 38 sec, 16:9, Colour, Stereo DCP 24 fps

film for children aged 3-5, film debut, no dialogue

tehnika  2D  technique 2D

 

 

Producent  Producer                                                               Vinko Brešan

 

Umjetnički savjetnik  Artistic Supervisor                        Simon Bogojević Narath

 

Režija, scenarij, layout

Director, scriptwriter, layout                                    Manuela Vladić-Maštruko

 

Animacija/ Animation                                                         Darko Vidačković

Lucija Bužančić

Iva Božić

 

Montaža  Edititing                                                     Manuela Vladić-Maštruko

Dizajn zvuk/ Sound design                                                   Vjeran Šalamon

Glazba/ Music                                                                         Šimun Matešić