Ustanova Zagreb film, 2018 duration 7’38”, 16:9, Color, Stereo
film debut, no dialogue
technique 2D
producer Vinko Brešan
artistic supervisor Simon Bogojević Narath
Director, scriptwriter, layout Manuela Vladić-Maštruko
Animation Darko Vidačković, Lucija Bužančić, Iva Božić
Editing Manuela Vladić-Maštruko
Sound design Vjeran Šalamon
Music Šimun Matišić

Snail the Painter is an educational animated film for small children. It is an interesting and simple story about little crawling snails and colors. The children get acquainted with the primary colors (red, yellow, blue) and what happens when they are mixed – how secondary colors are made (orange, purple and green). Snails slide along leaving traces behind them (primary colors), when they cross each other’s path new colors are created, secondary colors. When rain and a thunderstorm interrupt their game, new “non-colors” are introduced (black, grey and white) in the story, and the concept of watering and under toning colors, as well. After the storm, the sun shines again but the snails cannot find the colors, somehow they disappeared. The snails are sad and look for the colors and they finally find them transcended in a rainbow up in the sky. Snail Peter is especially enchanted with the Rainbow and he wishes for all the colors to be with him, all the time. The Rainbow fills the little snail house with its colors and so Peter becomes a painter. He goes on crawling, coloring all his paths with many different colors. Thus, at the end, this simple story also gets the meaning of a search for identity and illustrates how it is formed.

Biography, Manuela Vladić-Maštruko was born in 1962. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, Department of Painting, in 1985, class of Professor Ferdinand Kulmer. She has had 32 solo exhibitions and has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Croatia and abroad. In addition to professional art work, she is engaged in research of artistic creativity and creativity for all ages. She is the author of numerous multimedia projects for children and adults. In 1995, she founded the Mela Studio of Fine Arts for Children and Youth and in 2014 the Arte Insula Art Association. She occasionally publishes essays and expert articles on the subject of illustration and storytelling. She cooperates with museums and galleries in designing and conducting pedagogical programs related to museum contents. She wrote and illustrated 12 original children’s books. She has received many awards and special mentions. Manuela is a member of the Croatian Society of Fine Artists, Croatian Society of Writers and Croatian Community of Independent Artists. She lives and works in Zagreb and Zadar, Croatia.

Snail the Painter is an educational animated film for young children about primary colors and how to make secondary colors. Snails move across the colors leaving traces; where the traces cross the colors mix.