Old Czech Legends
|Old Czech Legends|
|Directed by||Jiří Trnka|
|Screenplay by||Jiří Brdečka|
|Based on||Staré pověsti české|
by Alois Jirásek
|Music by||Václav Trojan|
|Edited by||Helena Lebdušková|
Československý státní film Praha
Loutkový film Praha
|Distributed by||Rozdělovna filmů Československého státního filmu|
After the completion of Prince Bayaya in 1950, Trnka was praised by the communist regime of Czechoslovakia, and asked to make more films. He planned to make an adaptation of Don Quixote, but was rejected for the theme being too cosmopolitan. He was pressed to make an adaptation of Jirásek's Ancient Bohemian Legends. Trnka initially didn't want to work on the project.
The film has a complex story with many characters and features complicated scenes both to stage and animate. Trnka's use of camera movements, lighting, set design, character design and animation and general storytelling made this an influential film in the history of animation.