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MISFORTUNE

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MISFORTUNE is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 5-12
7 minutes
VIDEO
LINDA KUDZMAS
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Misfortune's animation of a traditional Polish folktale has superb production quality and a good message. Adapted from a Polish folktale, this is a story of two sisters who discover misfortune that constantly keep them struggling to survive. When Zofia cleverly rids herself of misfortune, Marta becomes jealous and risks everything to get misfortune back living on Zofia's stove.

The storyline fell short with me, but the lesson is important. The cut-out animation is well done and unusual. The images of the characters remind me of my grandmother's stories. I like how Misfortune is shown as a being, not just an idea. There is very little dialogue, so the story is revealed through the narrator, Meg Arbo, whose Polish accent enhances the storytelling. The theme and background music by Roman Gottwald adds to the story and is very fitting. Director Linda Kudzmas utilizes cut-out animation in a very effective way. My favorite part of the film is the storybook beginning. The unusual paper cut-out animation is really cool too.>p>The message is to not wish misfortune on others. I give Misfortune 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. By Selene W. and Julie S, KIDS FIRST!

Misfortune's animation of a traditional Polish folktale has superb production quality and a good message. Adapted from a Polish folktale, this is a story of two sisters who discover misfortune that constantly keep them struggling to survive. When Zofia cleverly rids herself of misfortune, Marta becomes jealous and risks everything to get misfortune back living on Zofia's stove.

The storyline fell short with me, but the lesson is important. The cut-out animation is well done and unusual. The images of the characters remind me of my grandmother's stories. I like how Misfortune is shown as a being, not just an idea. There is very little dialogue, so the story is revealed through the narrator, Meg Arbo, whose Polish accent enhances the storytelling. The theme and background music by Roman Gottwald adds to the story and is very fitting. Director Linda Kudzmas utilizes cut-out animation in a very effective way. My favorite part of the film is the storybook beginning. The unusual paper cut-out animation is really cool too.>p>The message is to not wish misfortune on others. I give Misfortune 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. By Selene W. and Julie S, KIDS FIRST!

Adapted from a Polish folktale, 'Misfortune' tells the story of two sisters; Marta the elder, and Zofia the younger. Marta is very rich, and lives in luxury. Zofia is very poor because Misfortune lives on her stove. Misfortune plagues Zofia, causing disasters that constantly keep her struggling to survive. When Zofia cleverly rids herself of Misfortune, Marta becomes jealous and risks everything to get Misfortune back living on Zofia's stove.
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