Saturday Cinema: The Mascot

Saturday, September 6, 2014 • 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m.

Exploratorium Pier 15

Included with museum admission.

All Ages

One of the greatest short films ever made, The Mascot (also known as Duffy the Mascot) is an inventive stop-motion animation featuring a troupe of charismatic puppets.

Stuffed dog Duffy is brought to life by his seamstress’s tears for her ailing daughter. After hearing the girl’s desire for an orange met with the news that her family can’t afford the fruit, Duffy embarks on a strange and treacherous journey to satisfy her request.

Ladislas Starevich is celebrated as one of the most innovative creators of early cinema, concocting endless stop-motion animation experiments—including several films featuring insects as the main characters. With its blend of live-action and intricate puppetry enacting a timeless narrative, The Mascot is considered his masterwork.


The Mascot (1933, 26 min.) by Ladislas Starevich