Bruno Bozzetto (born 3 March 1938 in Milan, Italy) is an Italian cartoon animator, creator of many short pieces, mainly of a political or satirical nature. He created his first animated short "Tapum! the weapons' story" in 1958 at the age of 20. His most famous character, a hapless little man named "Signor Rossi" (Mr. Rossi), has been featured in many animated shorts as well as starring in three feature films: Mr. Rossi Looks for Happiness (1976), Mr. Rossi's Dreams (1977), and Mr. Rossi's Vacation (1977).
In 1965, Bozzetto produced his first feature-length animated film: West and Soda, a parody of American Western films. In 1968, Bozzetto released VIP my Brother Superman, a superhero spin-off. However, his best-known work is probably the 1976 feature film Allegro Non Troppo, a collection of short pieces set to classical music in the manner of Walt Disney's Fantasia, but more humorous in nature, economical in execution and with more sophisticated narrative themes. After a long break, Bozzetto produced a live-action film in 1987, Under the Chinese Restaurant, his last feature film work until assisting on the pilot for Mammuk (2002), an animated film set in prehistoric times (now being produced by Rai Cinema and The Animation Band).
1990 saw the release of Grasshoppers (Cavallette), which was a nominee for the Best Animated Short Oscar.
In 1995, he produced an animated short for Hanna-Barbera/Cartoon Network Studios' What a Cartoon! series entitled Help? and in 1996, in cooperation with RAI and with the support of Cartoon (Media Programme of the European Union), he created The Spaghetti Family a 26-episode cartoon television series.
In recent years Bozzetto has turned the animation from traditional cel to flash cartoons, most notably with the award-winning Europe and Italy, a witty and graphically elegant commentary on European vs. Italian sociocultural attributes. This comic also inspired the creation of the Polandball meme.
- West and Soda (1965)
- Life in a Tin (1967)
- Vip My Brother Superman (1968)
- Mr Rossi Looks for Happiness (1976)
- Allegro non Troppo (1976)
- Stripy (1984)
- Grasshoppers (1990)
- How To Drive Yes And No (2001)
- The Spaghetti Family (2003) - animated series
Tropes Associated with Bruno Bozetto's work
- Creator's Oddball: Under the Chinese Restaurant stands out as the only live-action film, or any live-action project at all, that Bozzetto has ever made.
- Limited Animation: His UPA-esque art style is prominent in his hand-drawn cartoons. Minimal movement, abstract backgrounds, and the like.
- Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Arguably more on the cynical end.