“Starewicz had become a master animator by 1933, incorporating techniques never used before and rarely since (such as moving the puppets during the actual exposure to create blurring for fast movement). His use of rear-screen projection is also surprisingly effective.
But more important than these technical details is the great humor of his writing and his sensitivity to character. Each of the dozens of puppets in this film is imbued with a convincing personality; none more so than the title character, known as Fétiche in France and Duffy in England and the U.S. I think the scene of him hanging in a car’s rear window is one of the funniest and most poignant scenes you’ll find in any film. The character was so successful Starewicz starred him in four more films.” – The Mascot – Complete and Uncut, Internet Archive
Sources & Further Reading:
- Ladislas Starewicz’s animated film in the Internet Archive, NCAD Visual Resources, 3/6/12
- The Mascot – Complete and Uncut, Internet Archive
- The 10 best animated films of all time, The Guardian, 4/26/01
- Wladyslaw Starewicz, IMDB