“For every animator, the indisputable postulate has always been that animation is best suited for conventionalization and worst suited for realism. Animation’s task is not to compete with the natural image, but only to turn it into a parody. Petrov hit at this fundamental, self-evident position.”
-from the obituary of Anatoliy Petrov, the creator of “Polygon”. With special thanks to Animatsiya in English for translation.
Polygon was produced in the Soviet Union in 1977 with a completely analog animation technique known as “photographica”, where characters were coloured using two sets of cels, rather than one – having two sets allowed a very complex portrayal of colour which gives Polygon a rotoscoped or almost computer generated look. It is a profound work. It’s only ten minutes long but it captures the themes of the tension of war and pacifism perfectly.