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Wonderful Adventures of Nils (Pierrot, 1980-81)




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Nils and Carrot riding on Mårten (A133)
Source: TV
Layers: 1
Sketches: 1
Cel Number: A133, A134
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This series, one of many in which Mårten carries Nils and his companion Carrot to their next destination, is evidently a long and significant one, as it runs a full 144 frames, or eighteen seconds assuming the standard 8/second rate. I was lucky to pick up this lot, containing the final twelve frames (A133 to A144 END), where the perspective shifts and zooms in toward Nils in a dramatic way.

Here I’ve featured the first in this set, as it shows Mårten’s face to best advantage. Interestingly, the barn goose seems to be caught up in the full joy of flight, while Nils seems solemn and thoughtful for some reason. Lacking an episode or cut number and not having access to the full series, I can only guess that this sequence would come in close to the end of an adventure, in which Nils has had some sobering insight that affects him as a human far more than his animal companions.

The cels came stuck to their douga, but not tightly, so you can view the matching sketch in the first thumbnail. I’ve added the A134 cel (key) in the second thumb; it unfortunately shows how it was seriously damaged in storage. Since the cels were left unbagged in stacks, with only the dougas separating them, in time some of the paint adhered to the top layer of the cel underneath. When the set was finally unearthed and prepared for sale, the paint cracked off the edges of three of them. Happily, this occurred only along the left or right edges and did not affect the safety. Still, it’s a reminder of how material like this was often neglected after production was done, and while these frames mainly survive, much more must simply have deteriorated to the point of no return.


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