Books &Illustration &Luzzati & Gianini 29 Apr 2009 07:42 am

Luzzati’s Magic Fish

- Last week I posted a book byEmauele Luzzati, The Magic Flute. (Part 1, Part 2)

This was an adaptation of the feature film he did with Giulio Gianini. Luzzati also did a number of other children’s books (aside from all the animated films, as well as the theater and opera designs he did). None, that I know of, were pure adaptations of his film work. However, he did build on the character Pulcinello (Punch) to develop his story around Grimm tales.

Here’s a version of Punch and the Magic Fish, first published in English in 1972.
Most of the book is done as two-page spreads. I didn’t separate them. As with his past work, Luzzati uses a lot of mixed media. It looks like marker was the primary tool he used.

pg 1
(Click any image to enlarge.)

pgs. 2-3

pgs. 4-5

pgs. 6-7

pgs. 8-9

pgs. 10-11

pgs. 12-13

pgs. 14-15

pgs. 16-17

pgs. 18-19

pgs. 20-21

pgs. 22-23

pgs. 24-25

pgs. 26-27

pgs. 28-29

the back cover

7 Responses to “Luzzati’s Magic Fish”

  1. on 29 Apr 2009 at 8:03 am 1.hans bacher said …

    michael, this is p u r e g o l d !
    reminds me a little bit of hubley’s windy day.
    as far as I can analyze it, it is a lot of different techniques mixed together,
    and in those days there was no photoshop! he used very thin paper to make the marker color bleed and give it a watercolorlook. then there is normal black ink and real watercolor. and additional he uses very beautiful gift-wrap paper cutouts for the different textures. what a master! I wish I had seen his stage designs!

  2. on 29 Apr 2009 at 10:10 am 2.Doug Vitarelli said …

    these are really beautiful. thanks for posting.

  3. on 29 Apr 2009 at 10:36 am 3.stephen said …

    great illustrations. On top of that, there is a really disciplined use of layout and composition going on. The combination is what works for me.

  4. on 29 Apr 2009 at 10:39 am 4.Eddie Fitzgerald said …


  5. on 29 Apr 2009 at 9:40 pm 5.Tom Sito said …

    I liked the scene of him peeing on the statue of Garibaldi.

  6. on 06 May 2009 at 1:29 am 6.Steve Brown said …

    The film is beautifully animated too. The graphics and the cut-out animation complement each other perfectly, and the musical timing is delightful!

  7. on 01 Dec 2009 at 7:07 pm 7.francesca said …

    Dear Michael,
    thanks so much, it’s great that lots of artist+animators can look and appreciate Luzzati’s work.
    His work animated by Gianini is also a joy to watch.
    I was rally lucky to have Giulio Gianini as animation tutor at the CSC in Rome, he was a great animator.

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