Allegro non troppo

Synopsis: An enthusiastic filmmaker thinks he's come up with a totally original idea: animation set to classical music! When he is informed that some American named "Prisney" (or something) has already done it, he decides to do his own version, using an orchestra comprising mostly old ladies and an animator he's kept locked in a dungeon. Several different classical pieces are animated, while the animator plots his escape.
Director(s): Bruno Bozzetto
Production: Bruno Bozzetto Film
  2 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
75 min

Ladies and Gentelman, you are about

to see an unforgettable show,

a film destined for immortality,

immortality as the music

that will be performed now

and interpreted by cartoons.

To bring music to life in the form

of cartoon images,

to give body and colourto its notes

is the secret wish that burns and

swells withing the soul of every

true cartoon designer

beginning with his childhood fantasies.

With this film we've finally succeeded

in achieving this union:

cartoons and classical music,

a couple destined to live on,

and we're sure of it,

in the history of cinema.

A new, original film which

has even astonished even us...

who, modestly speaking...

even astonished us

we, who, modestly speaking...

created it in the first place.

A film where you'll be able to see,

where you'll be able to see,

where you'll be able to see the music

and listen to the cartoons.

In a word a film full of... FANTASY.


Hello, hello who's speaking?

No, no, no, no

let me talk first, no you talk first... no,

but look to whom do you want to speak to?

Eh? California? Cali...

Hollywood's on the line.

HELLO! Hello yes... yes what?

You did what...

no, I don't think I got you right...

you already did the...

now look, no listen here, well...

if you feel like kidding around... I'm not

the least interested in kidding around.

Listen. No, perhaps we've misunderstood

each other, look - forget it...

you-re an ill-bred, impostor, an ill-bred,

yes uncouth and a liar!

A liar, that's it, crafty liar,

liar from California!

Nothing to worry about, somecrazy types,

they're wild madmen.

They're trying to say they insist that

this film, what an absurd thing to say,

that this film was already made many

years ago by this guy, this guy

a certain Frisney... Prisney...

Grisney... an american.

Anyway, before talking big mouth,

do yourself a favour and see the film!

Did you hear?!

Well, say?...Can you belive it?

Help... Help!

O.K. Calm down

Damned old bags,

I'm coming, I'm coming

O.K. O.K.,

let's go now, move on

move on look alive.

Quickly let's not waste time,

go up, go up, go up,

get on the bus...

you must earn your keep...

we are not a charity organization...

- Our instruments... our instruments...

- They're already at the theatre

together whith the costumes,

and don't get stranded along the way...

we wouldn't want to lose you just now.

But Pisney, has done this, eh?

Come on!

It wasn't a problem

to engage the orchestra

but our main task was to secure

the creativity of a true artist...

an open artist, one free

from whatever conditioning,

free from whatever compromises...

a cartoon designer capable of

expressing himself in complete autonomy!

Hey there, how's it going,

you look happierthan usual...

you knew your day was coming eh?

Tell the truth you knew, eh...

It wasn't easy finding and keeping the

ideal originator of our cartoons...

so we had to win him over

with a clear contact based

on trust and mutual respect...

Up, up... let's go you've been tied up

for 5 years you can't be that great...

O.K. let's go, let's go. Stand up...

no, no... quick the orchestra

is already upstairs... let's go

Rise your dental plate if you want

to play the trumpet.

- Kick the drum, please...

- I kick what I like

- Kick her, kick her.

- By all means...

If they hadn't put me in first line

I would've never come...

The only thing I was worried about is that

they might force some nude scene on me...

Where are you going mhm... Mhm...

- What an ugly place...

- I really need all my honesty...

I always defended it...

Nothing is missing... one second we're here,

the great moment...

I said one second! The great moment...

we're here the great moment... but...


the great moment has come

the only thing missing is...

the Maestro.

Ah ah... Ah... Girls, chickadees,

sweethearts... mugnachite...

we're starting with Debussy...

Prelude to a Faun's Afternoon...

Beautiful piece... the artist will

certainly not lack the stimuli,

the imagination to visualize this

musical piece and to confer upon it,

to breathe into it a new life,

looking to and counting upon this pencil,

his trusted pencil,

will succeed in giving a new life,

a new life to this fantastic

musical piece.

Eh eh he (Laugh)... get ready girls

The artist creats... Sstt...

Ready...girl...let's go with Debussy...


One, two,

one two three and four...

Good, good, ...really good.

Mhmmm... remain seated

or I'll pin you to the wall...

remain seated...

I didn't even enjoy myself,

you didn't make me laugh.

Great, outta'singht afternoon...



How do you feel?

Cut to pieces Maestro...

cut to pieces maestro.

Hey you there pick her up. Pick all of her,

can't forget any of the pieces...

Smile now... be happy,

nothing has happened...

Cut to pieces Maestro...

cut to pieces maestro.

Girls what's happening? Don't you

feel well? Let's try the exercises o.k.?

Stand up, sit down...

Stand up, sit down...

Stand up, sit down...

Stand up, sit down...








- Hey you!...

- [Trembling] Me???

- Why don't you come with me a little bit.

- Go on be obedient.

My little Na-nny come here,

you seem a bit pale.

Are you reflexes a bit off eh?

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Bruno Bozzetto

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 an Academy Award nominee for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. 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. more…

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