Klee was a serious opera lover. the scene before stick city is another interpretation of house of an opera bouffe
<stick city is one of my favourite scenes. it looks deceptively simple but the constantly moving lines of the scenery layer made it a challenge both to animate and shoot, especially since I was still using the Czech system of cel numbering and no dope sheets.../>
background was created loosely in Klee's style with no particular point of
reference, using pastel crayons on card.
a framed cel of original artwork with this background was given to Jeremy Isaacs as thanks for his appreciation of the film.../>