An artist wants to make an animated film inspired by classical music. He ends up in a basement working with an orchestra director and a band of old ladies who keep making one mess after the other. Bozzetto creates his characters and animations inspired by pieces of classical music, mixing them with live action sequences that compose the leading thread to the entire story.
Bruno Bozzetto (Milan, Italy, 1938) debuted in 1958 with the animated short Tapum! The History of Weapons and in 1960 founded Bruno Bozzetto Film, with which he made commercials and movies. One of the world’s most famous animators and cartoonists, Bozzetto has directed many films, including the series of shorts dedicated to Signor Rossi; the animated feature films West and Soda (1965) and Allegro non troppo (1976); the real-life movie Under the Chinese Restaurant (1987); the TV series Sandwich (1984); and the shorts Mister Tao (1989), Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival; Grasshoppers (1990), nominated for an Oscar and a Nastro d’argento in 1990; and Looo (2005), which was made in 3D. In 2014 he received the Maria Adriana Prolo Award from the National Cinema Museum Association.
Un Oscar per il signor Rossi (cm, 1960), Alfa Omega (cm, 1961), Il signor Rossi al mare (cm, 1964), West and soda (1965), Vip, mio fratello superuomo (1968), Ego (cm, 1969), Gli sport del signor Rossi (serie tv/tv series, 1975), Il signor Rossi cerca la felicità (1976), Allegro non troppo (1976), Le vacanze del signor Rossi (1976), I sogni del signor Rossi (1977), Tennis Club (cm, 1982), Sotto il ristorante cinese (1987), Baeus (cm, 1987), Cavallette (cm, 1990), Help? (cm, 1995), Adam (cm, 2002), Spaghetti Family (serie tv/tv series, 2003), Olympics (cm, 2003), Armi su strada (cm, 2008).
“Allegro non troppo wasn’t meant to be a heavy movie. I just wanted to make it because I love classical music and because I’d gotten this idea from the Bolero. Along the way, we realized it reminded us of Fantasia. […] So we decided to expand the project and to transform it into a feature film. I didn’t want to turn it into a parody, but I wanted something that would make fun of my least favorite parts of Fantasia: the orchestra. I found it so corny, all pink and perfect… That’s when Guido Manuli and Maurizio Nichetti got an idea: they came up to me and said ‘Let’s make an orchestra of old people’, and I immediately liked it.” (from the website www.quinlan.it)
soggetto, sceneggiatura/story, screenplay
Bruno Bozzetto, Guido Manuli, Maurizio Nichetti
Mario Masini, Luciano Marzetti
montaggio, suono/film editing, sound
estratti da/excerpts from Debussy, Dvorak, Ravel, Sibelius, Vivaldi, Stravinskij
Maurizio Nichetti, Nestor Garay, Maurizio Micheli, Maria Luisa Giovannini, Mirella Falco, Osvaldo Salvi, Jolanda Cappi, Franca Mantelli, Angela Finocchiaro
Bruno Bozzetto Film