Friday, March 1, 2013

Friday Fun: "Pulcinello"

I shared this animated short with you a couple of years ago, but I like it, so I thought I'd dig it out again.

As I’ve mentioned 
previously, our Mr. Punch has his roots in the Seventeenth Century Italian tradition of commedia dell'arte and the character of Pulcinella (also known as Pulcinello or Punchinello). The character’s long nose was equated to a beak, giving him a nickname that translates to “chick.” Much like his descendant, Mr. Punch, Pulcinella’s main mode of defense was to beat people, however, Pulcinella also exhibits a rather clumsy personality played for comedic effect.

This lovely bit of digital animation tells the story of the puppet, Pulcinella and features a typically Italian, over-dramatic ending. It’s a beautiful little film, masterfully created. I hope you enjoy it.

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