Interview: Animator Anna Mantzaris Discusses Her Penchant for Nuanced Emotion and Finding Humor in the Mundane

November 18, 2020

Laura Staugaitis

Swedish director and animator Anna Mantzaris has a knack for expressing the frustrating, humorous, and delightful moments of everyday life. Her short films feature quirky felt characters that embody both idiosyncrasies and human commonality, an idea she conveys in works like “Enough,” which captures characters as they let their anger emerge.

Sometimes reality is better than your imagination. Sometimes when I try to make things up, I cannot make them as funny as a really good observation of something that happens.

In a recent interview supported by Colossal Members, contributor Laura Staugaitis recently spoke with Mantzanis about her experimental journey into animation, the collaborative process of commissions, and her experience working on Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs.



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