Bruno Bozzetto
Bruno Bozzetto at Lucca Comics & Games 2016
Born (1938-03-03) 3 March 1938 (age 86)
Milan, Kingdom of Italy
Years active1958–present
Known for

Bruno Bozzetto (born 3 March 1938) is an Italian cartoon animator and film director, 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" (English: 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 parody. 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 1991.[1]

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.

Since 1999, Bozzetto turned to flash cartoons, most notably with the award-winning Europe and Italy, a witty and graphically elegant commentary on European vs. Italian socio-cultural attributes.[2] This comic also inspired the creation of the Polandball meme.


Feature films


This list is only a short sampling of the many shorts Bozzetto has put out over the years.

Awards (selected recent)


  1. ^ Short Film Winners:1991 Oscars
  2. ^ Pingitore, Silvia (23 May 2022). "Interview with Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Short Film movie director Bruno Bozzetto". Retrieved 25 May 2022.
  3. ^ Giannalberto Bendazzi (23 October 2015). Animation: A World History: Volume II: The Birth of a Style - The Three Markets. CRC Press. p. 216. ISBN 9781317519911. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  4. ^ Roberto Chiavini, Gian Filippo Pizzo, Michele Tetro, Il grande cinema di fantascienza: da "2001" al 2001. Gremese Editore, 2001, p.159
  5. ^ "Cartoons Considered For An Academy Award 1974 -".
  6. ^ Moliterno, Gino (12 October 2009). The A to Z of Italian Cinema - Gino Moliterno - Google Books. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 9780810870598. Retrieved 19 March 2016.