The prolific Italian filmmaker Bruno Bozzetto has a delightful animated cartoon, “Life,” now running on the Web. Just click the
link, then click the flashing word “play” when it comes up on your screen. You’ll be well
rewarded. In 90 mostly whimsical seconds, Bozzetto pretty much summarizes the history of
life on Earth from its creation to the 21st century.
So who is this Bozzetto? He was born in Milan in 1938,
began making films at age 15, and was 20 when “Tapum! La storia delle armi” first brought him to
public and critical attention. He has produced about 100
animated cartoons, winning too many prizes to bother counting them all,
including an Oscar nomination in 1991 for “Cavallette.” Here’s
a still from it for Mel Gibson. Bozzetto’s most
popular character is probably Signor Rossi.