Kaspar (2012)

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This animated short by Diane Obomsawin tells the story of Kaspar, a young man who discovers life - and light - after spending his entire life in a dark cave with a small wooden horse as ... See full summary »


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12 February 2020 | boblipton
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The story of Kaspar Hauser is told in this short film from the National Film Board of Canada, offered as if it were a modern story.

Who was Kaspar Hauser? In May of 1828, a teen-aged boy appeared in Nuremberg with a letter addressed to an officer. The anonymous letter said that the boy had been given to him as a baby, with orders to care for and educate him, but never to let him leave the house. Now he would like to be a cavalryman. As the story came out, it made little sense, and there was much speculation, just like on the modern Internet. Medical experts weighed in. Conspiracy theorists weighed in. He spoke of being raised in a cave. Whether he was an idiot, a liar, or the Hereditary prince of Baden, who can tell, but probably not. In 1833, he returned to where he was staying, said that a stranger had stabbed him, and died soon after.

This cartoon uses an interesting technique to indicate the blurry and in distinct way the story is told. Objects can still be seen when something is in front of them.


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Animation | Short


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15 March 2012



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