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By Nenad N. Bach | Published  02/3/2004 | Culture And Arts | Unrated
(E) "Croatian Tales of Long Ago" available on


"Croatian Tales of Long Ago" available on


"Croatian Tales of Long Ago" available on

CD-ROM "Croatian Tales of Long Ago, Part One" hit the US distribution and is
now available on the world No. 1 online bookstore!

The CD is a result of award-winning international animation Web/CD-ROM
project "Price iz davnine" ("Croatian Tales of Long Ago"/ "Kroatische
Marchen aus Urvaterzeiten"). The "Croatian Tales" project is a result of
international cooperation, based on a book "Croatian Tales of Long Ago"
(1916) by one of the most famous Croatian writers Ivana Brlic Mazuranic
(1874-1938). She was known as "Slavic Tolkien" or "Croatian Andersen", a
Nobel candidate, and her fairytales are based on Slavic mythology and
Croatian folktale tradition. The CD-ROM is in 3 languages - English, German
and Croatian.

The project, lead by Helena Bulaja and produced by the leading Croatian
multimedia publisher "Bulaja naklada" included elite of world Macromedia
Flash animators from different countries (more than 100 people were
involved!), and it won numerous recognitions (among others, winner on
FlashForward animation festival, San Francisco; Netfestival in Rio De
Janeiro, Brazil; Golden Award of Montreux; Switzerland; New Media Festival,
Georgetown, Canada; finalist of the competition animation festivals in
Annecy, France; Hamburg, Germany; Ottawa, Toronto, and Halifax, Canada;
Austin, Texas; Krakow, Poland; Linz, Austria; Seoul, Korea; Zagreb etc.).
The project was rated by the national Croatian television - HTV, and the
leading Croatian newspapers - "Jutarnjilist", as the best Croatian cultural
and film project "in the past ten years" (!).

The project editor in chief, Helena Bulaja, gathered together seven teams of
animators, illustrators, musicians, actors, translators, programmers etc.
from different parts of the world and different traditions: from the US,
Canada, Scotland, Australia, Denmark, Germany, Russia, France etc, and the
eight team was formed in Croatia. Each team picked one of eight tales and
transferred it to the digital world. The result was an exciting and really
unique adventure, because artists from different backgrounds, who were not
familiar with Mazuranic's work and Croatia and its tradition at all, and who
never met each other in 'real' life before, made completely new
interpretations of those beautiful fairytales. Eight main editors were well
known cartoonists Katrin Rothe from Germany, French animator Laurence
Arcadias who now lives in San Francisco, Ellen McAuslan from England, Al
Keddie from Scotland, Nathan Jurevicius from Australia, Edgar Beals from
Canada, Mirek Nisenbaum, New Yorker of Russian origin, and Helena Bulaja.

Along with four cartoons / interactive tales, the CD-ROM "Croatian Tales,
Part One" also contains very detailed information about Ivana Brlic
Mazuranic and her time, about this unique project and authors involved, a
short introduction in Slavic mythology and the text of the original book
"Croatian Tales of Long Ago" - everything in Croatian, English and German,
on a single disc.

To get an impression of what the "Croatian Tales" project is about, visit
its web pages on . The site is in English, and
there are also available excerpts from the animations.

To purchaser the CD on Amazon, follow the link . The
price is $24.97, postage costs included. The CD is packed in very nice and
sweet designed box, which makes it a very nice present for anyone interested
in Croatian tradition and world of the fairytales.

By purchasing the CD on Amazon you are also supporting the renewal and
reopening of Ivana Brlic Mazuranic's house and museum in her hometown
Slavonski Brod.

For more information visit  or write to

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