Just before Italy entered the euro, Bozzetto made an irresistible and very well-known short comparing Italians and Europeans according to some of the most famous stereotypes of Italian culture. With geometric computer graphics and his subtle and lighthearted humor, Bozzetto pokes fun at driving styles, behaviors held in public places, and the guidelines to live in a civil manner, which Italians of course interpret their own way.
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).