This animated short was created by Russian artist Yuri Norstein, who is known for his attention to fine detail in his beautiful handmade stop-motion films which often include layers of sketches and paintings on paper and glass. It took Norstein almost two years to create this short piece.
Norstein creates delicate movements, a unique sense of depth, and ethereal lighting with these materials, which you can see some examples of in this short piece, Good Night Children, sometimes translated Good Night, Little Ones.
This animation is the opening and closing scene for a Russian children’s show of the same name.
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