SUMMARY: A magpie wreaks havoc on the king’s hunting party, set to the music of Rosinni’s ‘The Thieving Magpie’.
WHY IT’S HERE: Italian painter and animator Emanuele Luzzati’s ‘The Thieving Magpie’ is an animated short set to Rosinni’s classic piece ‘The Thieving Magpie’. A love of classical music probably helps in enjoying the short and its cultural connection probably helped it in obtaining its Oscar nomination. If, like myself, you don’t have any particular interest in classical music, there is plenty to enjoy in Luzzati’s child-like drawings and the way they are so well synchronised with the music. The story tells the tale of a magpie who manages to make fools of an entire hunting party. Its simple message is well represented by the simple artwork and ‘The Thieving Magpie’ has an infectious energy that carries it through its ten minutes.