»As a child, I dreamed that I would entertain others. I think I did it, and I also want you to achieve your dream … «
Small children like to dream about what they will be when they grow up. Some people later forget it, while others [still] dream of realizing it.
One of the latter was Miki Muster, who died aged nearly 93 years old.
As a child he was very interested in cartoons.
When he was 13 years old and saw the film Snow White and Seven Dwarfs he started dreaming of making cartoons, and was drawing and drawing at home.
Miki Muster knew what he wanted to do in life. At the Academy of Fine Arts he studied sculpture, but later he turned to drawing more.
The public got to know him better when he began publishing comics in 1952, in the first Slovenian post-war period.
The main characters were animals with human qualities, and Zvitorepec, Trdonja and Lakotnik are still famous figures today.
He also created advertisements clips for television. His [character of an] Indian for Viki Krema is well-known, as are his rabbits for Cikcak. But all this time he hoped to get a chance to create animated films.
He started to live his dream when he directed and animated the first Slovene cartoon Puščica.
This was followed by the films Kurir Nejček and Winter Story.
He then worked on a series of 400 cartoons in Germany. These are known all over the world.
After Slovenia’s independence, he returned home and received numerous awards for his work, and in 2015 he also received the biggest, the Preseren Prize.
But Muster’s greatest reward was the happiness that he lived his dream. »I have one wish: if you have unfulfilled children’s dreams, I want you to achieve them, just like I did mine,« he once said.
Points to Consider
- What do you want to do when you grow up?
- What is more important for dreams to come true: luck or hard work?
- Do you know any other work by Miki Muster?
The original version of this article was published on May 10th.