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Today’s Memory – Ion Popescu-Gopo

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1 May 1923, Bucharest – 29 November 1989, Bucharest


Ion Popescu-Gopo was a Romanian graphic artist and animator, but also writer, movie director and actor. He was a prominent personality in the Romanian cinematography and the founder of the modern Romanian cartoon school. He was, together with Liviu Ciulei and Mirel Ilieşiu one of the few Romanian film artists who won an award at Cannes in the 20th century. His film Scurtă Istorie (A Brief History) won the Short Film Palme d’Or in 1957.

Scurtă Istorie (A Brief History)

His 1965 film The White Moor was entered into the 4th Moscow International Film Festival where he won the award for Best Director.

His most known cartoon character is a little black and white man sometimes referred to as Gopo’s Little Man after his creator. Later in his life Popescu-Gopo confessed that he tried to start an anti-Disney rebellion. Unable to surpass Disney’s animation characters in color and beauty, Popescu-Gopo tried to be more profound in message and substance and simplify the form and techniques used.

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