You could say that Karel Zeman was able to accomplish what Méliès couldn’t realise. On the Comet is an intricate little juwel of animation, a wonderful movie adventure. The director is only interested in fiction, in the fantastical. Characters escape from their painted sets. The frame goes from black to white and then to color. The actors travel from era to era. This vast caleidoscope of impressions continues to inspire. The films of Zeman are situated in a personal universe where time has no meaning, a world of illusions and discoveries.

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