George the Hedgehog
directed by Wojciech Wawszczyk, Jakub Tarkowski, Tomasz Leśniak written by Rafał Skarżycki based on the comic series by Rafał Skarżycki and Tomasz Leśniak supervising cartoonist Tomasz Leśniak head animator Wojciech Wawszczyk ink artists Tomasz Leśniak, Kamil „Kurt” Kochański, Olgierd “Olaf” Ciszak, Mariusz Arczewski, Janusz Ordon, Marcin Ponomarew, Marek Oleksicki animation Wojciech Wawszczyk, Jakub Tarkowski, Tomasz Nowik, Anna Błaszczyk, Wojciech Jakubowski, Piotr Gołąbe music by Jan Duszyński, Jacek “Budyń” Szymkiewicz sound by Mateusz Adamczyk, Sebastian Witkowski edited by Wojciech Włodarski
cast (voices) Borys Szyc (Hedgehog Jerzy), Maria Peszek (Yola), Michał Koterski (Zenek), Wojciech Wawszczyk (Klon), Marcin Hycnar (Krzyś), Maciej Maleńczuk (Lilka), Krystyna Tkacz (Stefan’s mother), Grzegorz Pawlak (Scientist), Jarosław Boberek (Assistant), Leszek Teleszyński (Politician), Sokół (Stefan)
production Paisa Films, ul. Bokserska 1, 02-682 Warszawa, tel. +48 22 853 17 10-13, fax +48 22 853 17 14, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.paisafilms.pl, http://jezjerzy.blogspot.com co-financed by Polish Film Institute
DVD /35 mm, colour, 90′
A crazy comedy about a hedgehog named Jerzy, who leads a human life. In Polish real life he has to face stupidity, fanaticism, xenophobia, and hypocrisy. His enemies are Stefek and Zenek, two neo-Nazis claming to be nationalists. They are joined by a crazy Scientist and the greedy Assistant to create an anti-hedgehog clone. Jerzy’s antagonists are a symbol of wild strength that – in the view of the creators – is truly threatening the world. However, Jerzy is not necessarily an example of virtue and courage. His attitude is based on tolerance and the belief that equality and freedom can free the world from catastrophe. The film is based on one of the most popular comic book series in Poland.