Krysar, the Pied Piper of Hamelin

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Experience this wonderful classic by Ji?í Barta!

The German city of Hamelin has been corrupted by spite, greed and jealousy. A rat infestation has spread in the underground, then in people's homes, stealing food and jewels. A mysterious stranger appears, a piper who claims he can rid the city of the rodents in exchange for a reward.

This Czech adaptation of the famous medieval German fable is a stunning stop-motion masterpiece with a dark, creepy feel that stigmatises human nature's faults. The film's amazing aesthetic and the perfect animation of the puppets make it an essential work in the world of animation.


Director: Ji?í Barta
Tchécoslovakia, Kratky Film Praha AS
1985, 53 min, all audiences

The film

  • Film identity

    Original title: Krisar

    Directed by: Jirí BARTA

    Country: Czech Republic

    Year of production: 1985

    Running time: 53 min

  • Technique


    Techniques used: puppets

    Process: Colour

  • Credits

    Directed by: Jirí BARTA

    Production: KRATKY FILM PRAHA AS

    Based on: "Le joueur de flûte de Hamelin", Victor Dyk

    Script: Kamil Pixa

    Graphics: Jiri Barta

    Animation: Vlasta Pospisilova, Alphons Mensdorff-Pouilly, Jan Zach

    Camera: Vladimir Malik, Ivan Vit

    Music: Michael Kocab

    Sound: Ivo Spalj

    Editing: Helena Lebduskova