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The Sausage Run
An animated short film which, with the help of multiple Zoetropes, tells the tragic story of a little lamb, loosely based on the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale.
The Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale provides the main storyline. However, the roles of the humans and animals are exchanged: the human characters in the film are depicted as anthropomorphous animals. The animal in the story, the big bad wolf, is here a human being.
Little Red Riding Hood’s family consists of the mother sheep, the lamb (Little Red Riding Hood) and a grandfather sheep. The forester and his wife are dogs with a soft spot for sausages. The wolf, a butcher, is a man with a serious problem - he has run out of meat.
The visual implementation is unusual. The story takes place in Zoetropes. This is a historical optical and rather primitive device that displays sequences of drawn images in motion. It’s an invention from the 19th century and a forerunner of film technology.
The protagonists conduct their lives in five separate Zoetropes. The camera zooms in on to one of the devices and the picture, animated on the Zoetrope’s paper strips, comes to life. A coherent story is created through the cinematic stringing together of the action in the various zoetropes.
Thomas Stellmach (*1965 in Straubing, Germany) is animation director, producer, author and animator. Amongst 100 international awards for his independent productions, in 1997 he received the Academy Award (Oscar®) for the stop-motion film QUEST. He studied animation with the cartoon artist and professor Paul Driessen at the Kassel Academy of Arts (Kunsthochschule Kassel). In 2000, after completion of his artistic studies, he founded together with two partners the animation studio “Lichthof – Film & Animation” in Kassel specialized for TV and advertising. At the beginning of 2009 Stellmach has left the company to focus his work on artistic animation projects. In 2013 he has produced and directed together with co-director Maja Oschmann the experimental music visualization VIRTUOS VIRTUELL. He has finished his short cartoon film THE SAUSAGE RUN in the summer of 2021. In addition to this he holds animation film workshops and is the presenter of his short film program.