Posters (5), promoting 'Dot' animation films, offset prints on paper, made by Yoram Gross Film Studios Pty Ltd, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1977-1990
Yoram Gross Film Studios Pty Ltd was established as a family based animation studio in Paddington, Sydney in 1968 and went on to became one of Australia's most productive producers of animation film and television series. These five posters promote the company's first series of animation films - an internationally successful series of 'Dot' films which follow the adventures of a young girl.
Two copies of the poster for the first film in the series, 'Dot and the Kangaroo' (1977) were acquired by the Museum in 1991 (Powerhouse Museum object numbers 91/2070-18 and 91/2070-19) along with a collection of merchandise. These posters feature and reflect Yoram Gross' innovative use of animation drawing over live footage during the 1970s. The additional five posters feature the animation characters that appear in the later films. They promote five of a total of nine 'Dot' films produced by Yoram Gross between 1977 and the late 1980s.
Yoram Gross Film Studios Pty Ltd was established by Yoram and Sandra Gross as a family-based animation studio in Paddington, Sydney in 1968. It followed the establishment of Yoram and Sandra Gross's earlier, and first, film studio 'Yoram Gross Films' established in Israel in 1962.
The Australian studio achieved it's first international success with the feature film, 'Dot and the Kangaroo' in 1977. This film featured animation cells over live action /photographic backgrounds, a creative technique which won the studio considerable international acclaim.
Nine 'Dot' films were produced altogether over the next two decades, each marketed internationally. The posters in this acquisition were used to promote five of those films.
In 1992, Yoram Gross Film Studios Pty Ltd diversified into animation for television producing Blinky Bill, their first TV series. It ran to a total of 52 half hour episodes.
In 1998 Yoram Gross co-produced the 'Tabaluga' series with EM.TV & Merchandising AG which proved to be enormously popular in Germany. The studio also adapted Skippy, Australia's best-known kangaroo for TV animation, and Flipper, the world's most famous dolphin, as a series titled, 'Flipper and Lopaka'.
After Village Roadshow Ltd and EM.Entertainment entered Yoram Gross Film Studios Pty Ltd in 1996 and 1999, the company became more than a family-owned business. In 1996, Yoram and Sandra Gross sold their share of the company which was then rebranded as a new company, Flying Bark Productions.
Yoram and Sandra Gross have now established Yoram Gross Films Pty Ltd committed to producing quality children's entertainment.