Tom Thumb

Tom is gathering bits of glass in a ditch among burdocks and grass. Tom is looking through a bit of glass at insects buzzing all around him. No, it’s not that. Tom got lost in a forest. Tom came to the house where a cannibal Ogre lives. Tom is about to be eaten up for dinner. But no. Tom has managed to escape. He is running away through forests and fields. The Ogre in a long black coat is after him. Or rather the whole Small World, in which he is running, is trying to catch him. The Small World fits easily inside the belly of the mantis at which Tom is looking through a bit of green glass, the bit of green glass he has found in the ditch near his house among burdocks and grass.

  • Nikolay Lichtenfeld
  • Ivan Kostiurin
  • Nikolay Lichtenfeld
  • Ivan Kostiurin
  • Ilia Seletskii
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    26 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 12, 2023
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  • Country of Origin:
    Russian Federation
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Director Biography - Nikolay Lichtenfeld, Ivan Kostiurin

Nikolay Lichtenfeld and Ivan Kostiurin were both born in Saint-Petersburg and attended the same classes at school. After devoting themselves to painting and drawing for a time, they got enthusiastic about animated cartoons. They participated in the creation of the movie "The Sacred Man" by Roma Liberov, producing the episodes of animated cartoons. The movie was released in 2020. In parallel Nikolay and Ivan were working on "Tom Thumb", a manually animated cartoon. An animation machine with movable layers was made especially for this project. In 2022 Ivan moved to Finland. In the same year Nikolay produced a short black and white animated cartoon "The End" as a reaction to the war in Ukraine.

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A picture that turns into a movie, a landscape becoming a map, an image of a dream and a diagram of a fantastic mechanism.
We are artists and animators. Our interests include video art, traditional animation techniques, painting and graphics. In our work we combine the aesthetics of Soviet animation of the 1920s, the visual traditions of German expressionism, and an interest in archaic art and folklore. We are drawn to combining different genres and directions, the effect that is born at the intersection of cinema, theater and painting.