Cricket and Antoinette, the First Croatian Feature Animated 3D Film

Katarina Anđelković

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Cricket and Antoinette
Cricket and Antoinette

According to the blurb, the film is a new take on the famous fairy tale first told by Aesop and then Jean de la Fontaine. Ket, a guitar-playing cricket, leads a band to entertain the carefree bugs. Nearby lives Antoinette, heiress of the anthill, where music is forbidden, and only discipline and hard work are allowed. By accident, they meet, and affection grows between them. The ant girl tries to warn the crickets of the upcoming winter, to no avail. When Antheodor, an over-ambitious ant, kidnaps Antoinette, it’s Ket and his friends who come to her rescue.

As HRT reported, the reactions of the audience during the premiere in the Kaptol Centre were excellent; both halls were filled with laughter and enthusiasm from children and adults alike. There are many reasons to celebrate.

This film marked the beginning of the film year 2023, and distribution in 40 countries worldwide has already been agreed upon. One of the distributors will be HRT, which will also be the first television to show the film.


Cricket and Antoinette

A lot of effort was put into the project in the 13 years of work, involving more than 150 professionals from all over the world.

When it comes to 3D animation, the producer himself pointed out that it is not a film for which 3D glasses need to be used and that 3D stands for the technique.

Based on Aesop’s fable, the producer couple Krpan decided to make the film to present it to their daughter, who was 5 years old at the time and recently turned 18.

“I am very happy that this cartoon has songs. The best part, which I wish would be done more often in animated films, is that I had my partner right there in the room”, said Tara Thaller, the voice actor for the character of Princess Antonette.

The director of the film, Luka Rukavina, was also satisfied with the result.

“3D animation is specific, but somewhat more rewarding than classic animation. From a director’s perspective, it simply gives us more options.


Cricket and Antoinette

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