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'We can compete with Disney.' Why the long Dutch animated film is going to break through with Heinz and Bunuel

Colourful characters in an Amsterdam working-class neighbourhood, a lazy red tomcat who turns into a kind of King Kong clone, fierce debates about the importance of art, stilt-walking elephants - it all turns up in two feature-length animated films that both happen to be released in Dutch cinemas on 18 April.

And coincidentally, two films that demonstrate convincingly, and in completely opposite ways, that an animated film is not necessarily for children.

Heinz is the contrarian...

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Leo Bankersen

Leo Bankersen has been writing about film since Chinatown and Night of the Living Dead. Reviewed as a freelance film journalist for the GPD for a long time. Is now, among other things, one of the regular contributors to De Filmkrant. Likes to break a lance for children's films, documentaries and films from non-Western countries. Other specialities: digital issues and film education.View Author posts

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