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Animation / Zaczarowany Ołówek

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Zaczarowany Ołówek (The Enchanted Pencil) is a Polish children's series of animated shorts, produced in 1964-1977. The protagonist is a young boy who likes to draw, which surprisingly comes in handy when it comes to solving problems—in each episode, a friendly gnome appears and gives him the eponymous enchanted pencil, which can be used to literally draw things into existence.

From episode 27 onwards, the series featured a story arc about finding and saving a boy marooned an island.

This series features the following tropes:

  • Art Initiates Life: This is the entire premise.
  • Blatant Burglar: One of the episodes has the boy encounter this kind of bank robbers.
  • Circling Birdies: In one episode, the boy's dog has the misfortune of standing on a manhole cover when the gnome pops out from under it to deliver the pencil. When the cover falls back down, the stunned dog gets little gnome heads circling his skull.
  • Mime and Music-Only Cartoon