PC / Mac CD-ROM
"Croatian Tales of Long Ago, Part One"
Here you can find basic information about the CD-ROM itself, and download demos. To find out more about the project "Croatian Tales of Long Ago", please visit its award winning pages:
CD-ROM "Croatian Tales of Long Ago, Part Two" is also available! It includes the remaining 4 animated fairytales from the book ("Neva", "Yagor", "Fisherman Plunk" and "Regoch") and many extra materials.
More information about it is available here...
The CD-ROM contains animated interactive stories, cartoons and games based on four (out of eight) fairytales from the book "Croatian Tales of Long Ago", written by the Slavic Tolkien - Ivana Brlić Mažuranić and first published in 1916.The animations were done by international team of animators, illustrators, musicians, programmers, actors etc. from all around the world.
animated cartoon created by Al Keddie and his team from Scotland
*download demo - stribor.exe (8MB)
"Brother Jaglenac and Sister Rutvica"
interactive story created by Ellen McAuslan and her team from Denmark and UK
*download demo - RUTVICA.zip (24MB)
"How Quest Sought the Truth"
animated cartoon and 3 computer games:
"Pocket Punch "
"Cabin Rescue "
created by Nathan Jurevicius and his team from Australia
*download demo - QUEST.zip (12MB)
"Toporko and His Nine Brothers"
interactive story created by Katrin Rothe and her team from Karotoons, Germany
The CD-ROM also includes:
Biography of the writer Ivana Brlić Mažuranić, with many photos and a short film clip.
Introduction to the Slavic mythology
Original text of the stories
and many, many more things to explore
in 3 languages:
ENGLISH / GERMAN / CROATIAN
- The CD-ROM was made with Macromedia® Flash®
- Multimedia PC
- Pentium™ class processor 1 GHz or better
- Microsoft® Windows® 98, 2000, ME, XP, Vista ...
- 64 MB RAM (128 or more recommended)
- SVGA resolution (800x600) or better
- CD-ROM / DVD-ROM
- Macintosh® PowerPC® G3 500MHz or Intel Core™ Duo 1 GHz
- Mac OS v.10.x or newer
- 128 MB RAM
- CD-ROM / DVD-ROM
The project was awarded or presented on more than 20 animation and new media festivals, including the most famous ones such as FlashForward, Annecy, Ottawa, Seoul, Flashinthecan in Toronto and other:
- FlashForward2002 San Francisco - the project won in the category "Story"!
Cartoon "Neva" by Edgar Beals was a finalist in the category "Cartoon" at the same festival
- NetFestival 2002, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - winner in the "Story" category
- Golden Award of Montreux 2003, Switzerland - CD-ROM "Croatian Tales, Part One" won Finalist Award Certificate in Web/Multimedia category
- LuccaComics&Games 2004, Lucca, Italy - "Il Miglior Opera Multimediale" (the best multimedia work of the year)
- International Family Film Festival 2007, Hollywood, USA - the cartoon "Regoch" by Helena Bulaja won best foreign short animation award
- New Media Festival 2002, Brudenell, Canada - "Neva" won honorable mention
- Site of the Month at www.davidbowie.com - in July 2003
- Zagreb City Award 2003 to project producers Helena and Zvonimir Bulaja
- 12th Festival of Croatian Film, Zagreb 2003 - special award for promoting ethical values in film
- "Nobiliska" 2003, a prize for publishing project of the year (Čakovec, Croatia)
- COMPETITION FINALIST
- Festival International du film d'animation 2002, Annecy, France - the cartoons "Quest" and "Stribor's Forest" were FINALISTS of the Internet Film competition
- Ottawa Int. Festival of Animated Film 2002 - the cartoon "Quest" was a FINALIST of the Internet Film competition
- Ars Electronica 2002, Linz, Austria - FINALIST of the "Net Projects" competition
- Hamburg Film Festival 2002 / Flash Award -
FINALIST in two categories: linear ("Yagor") and interactive ("Jaglenac & Rutvica")
- FlashintheCan 2002, Toronto, Canada - cartoon "Quest" was finalist in the "Cartoon" category
- FlashintheCan 2003, Toronto, Canada - FINALIST in the "Story" category
- SXSW Interactive 2003, Austin, Texas -
FINALIST in the Animation / Cartoon category for the Web Award
- Festival Videoformes 2003, Clermont-Ferrand, France - FINALIST of the New Media Competition
- SICAF 2003, Seoul, Korea - the cartoons "Quest" and "Stribor's Forest" were FINALISTS of the Internet Film competition
- Future Film Festival 2004, Bologna, Italy - FINALIST of the "Future Web Festival" (films for the Internet)
- Anti Film Fest 2004, Prague, Czech Republic - "Fisherman Plunk" was in competition
- Imagimer 2005, Saint-Cast, Brittany, France -
"Fisherman Plunk" was in competition
- Euroshorts 2006, Warsaw, Poland - "Regoch" was in competition in experimental category
- Reel Women International Film Festival 2007, Los Angeles, USA - "Regoch" was in competition in shorts category
- Aarhus International Festival of Independent Arts 2007, Aarhus, Denmark - "Regoch" in "d'Arte" program
- Imagining Ourselves Online Film Festival 2007, San Francisco, USA - "Regoch" in competition
- PROJECT PRESENTATIONS
- 11th Stuttgart Int. Festival of Animated Film, 2002
- project presentation
- Krakow 2002, Int. Festival of Animated Film, Poland - project presentation
- 15th Animafest 2002, Zagreb - project presentation
- Festival der Nationen 2003, Ebensee, Austria - project presentation
- Dust or Magic Conference, Bologna Book Fair 2003 - project presentation
- Festival eDIT | VES 2003, Frankfurt, Germany - project presentation
- Mountain Film Festival 2004, Trento, Italy - part of the exhibition "18° Rassegna Internazionale dell'Editoria di Montagna 2004"
- "Dust or Magic" Conference 2004, Oxford, UK - project presentation
- Festival CartoonClub 2004, Rimini, Italy - project presentation
- Festival Fiabesque 2005/2006, Peccioli, Italy - project presentation and screening of the cartoons (on January 7th, 2006)
- Media Design School, Auckland, New Zealand - project presentation and screening of the cartoons (on February 15th, 2007)
(For a more detailed list of awards, please click here)
Every animation on this CD - indeed, every animation in the entire project - is worth seeing for its own sake; but when they are viewed in conjunction with the original Tales, and the background information about Mazuranic herself, then a much more rich and complex picture emerges. This is a project with genuine popular appeal, which is bound to engage both children and adults: but it is also a slice of literary history, a valuable reminder of the importance of fairy stories to our literary traditions, and an introduction to the work, within that genre, of one of the best-known and best-loved Croatian authors.
Edward Picot: "Twice-told Tales"
The Hyperliterature Exchange, UK
(the whole review is available here...)
"Croatian Tales" is by far one of the best collections of flash-animated interactive stories to date.
I personally feel that the collection of fairy tales enriches the lives of everyone while at the same time promotes a multicultural experience.
Helena Bulaja has done an amazing job of collecting a group of talented and unique animators to bring to life fairy tales from the Croatian literary work of Ivana Brlic Mazuranic.
I eagerly await Helena's next project.
Nicholas Da Silva,
Zoolook - principal / publisher
FlashTV! - founder / creative director
Flash Film Festival FlashForward2002,
San Francisco - jury member
"Croatian Tales of Long Ago" signals a positive change in the art of animation: digital innovation, cultural
expression, and, best of all, international cooperation.
author of the book
"Toon Art: The Graphic Art
of Digital Cartooning",
Watson-Guptill, New York, 2003
This collection of funny, touching and cool films is the Croatian cultural trump card of the decade!
(leading Croatian newspapers)
Taking care of the heritage for Bulajas means a hedonistic space of pleasure and creation where even the classics can be cool and sexy... They managed to get seven promising animators from three continents to make cartoons based on Ivana Brlić Mažuranić's stories. And guess what! The cartoons made by foreign authors and produced by Croatians are winning the international awards...
Personal favorite of your reviewer is "Quest" created by Australian Jurevicius. It's a true rock-n-roll workout of the Slavic tradition, completely unusual and visually unforgettable cartoon where ancient Slavic folklore is centrifuged trough the contemporary media culture. Jurevicius' "Quest" in its media is what would happen if Nick Cave would re-make a Croatian folk song.
review in 'Jutarnji list'
Ivana Brlic Mazuranic is still my favorite writer, and "Croatian Tales of Long Ago" is the best thing to have happened during my work on promoting Croatian animation as the commissioner of the Ministry of Culture. This is the best thing that's happened in Croatian cinematography in last ten years!
Ministry of Culture
of the Republic of Croatia
The best thing to have happened to Croatian cinematography in past 10 years!
on Croatian Television, June 2002
"Croatian Tales" is one of the most complex collaborative project in the growing field of Flash animation ever undertaken. It shows a stunning mix of traditional cartoon animation and the new possibilities of Flash, in the most poetic of ways. Combining a minimalist aesthetic, unique and imaginative art and design, original storytelling and a super cool sense of humor, the project "Croatian Tales" shows us that fairytales are alive and well today, as vital and vibrant as ever in this most modern retelling.
Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film
Present official version of the project - the CD-ROM with first 4 multimedia adaptations of Ivana Brlić Mažuranić's stories - is simply extraordinary in all its aspects.
Feral Tribune, Split
Croatian Tales of Long Ago (Part One) ... can be expected to appeal to adults just as much as children. It is a really exciting piece of hyperliterature: unpretentious, with genuine popular appeal, but not in the least shallow, sentimental or patronising to its audience. It has rightly won a hatful of international awards. If this CD and its companion volume meet with the commercial success they deserve, we can expect to see a lot more work of this type appearing in the next few years. Let's hope it's all up to the same high standard.
trAce online, UK
(full text of the review...)
Based on Croatian Fairy Tales of Long Ago, this series of storybooks brought to life is beautiful, simple to navigate, and captivating. A must see both to read, and be inspired!
Kids @n the Net, UK