Jason Vanderhill · From fps #4 · September 1, 2005
| I never forgot the opening lyrics to the theme song: "I'm a bear called Jeremy, I can do most anything..." Jeremy was not your ordinary animated bear; he wanted to sing and perform in the circus and travel the world and beyond! And he did. I distinctly remembered the cruel circus master, the rolling ocean waves, a hot pursuit across the Wild West, and a magical transforming suitcase from this enchanting stop-motion animated series. But I admit, I couldn't remember everything. I could not remember the names of Jeremy's close friends, and I never could get beyond the opening lines of the theme song.
The essential Tadeusz Wilkosz: a selected filmography
Mysie figle (Mouse Pranks) (1959)
Nie draznic lwa (Don't Tease a Lion) (1960)
Maly pingwin Pik-Pok (Pik-Pok Little Penguin) (1989)
Tajemnica kwiatu paproci (The Secret of the Fern Flower) (2004)
So a few years ago, I began to search for my long lost friend. I started with the Internet, putting Google to the test, searching here and there for tidbits of information about the little bear called Jeremy. I soon learned that Jeremy was also named Barnaby in the UK, but that he was even better known as Colargol to the rest of the world. I also learned that a good number of others were also wondering what had happened to Jeremy, all of them eager to see and hear from their childhood friend again. Eventually, my quest led me to Tadeusz Wilkosz.
Tadeusz Wilkosz was born in Kraków, Poland in 1934. After formally studying film and animation, he went on to direct at least 30 children's films. As well, he has artistically managed over 100 productions, and just last year he produced a 70-minute feature film mixing live action with stop-motion animation. He is probably best known for Colargol,
which was based on the French children's recordings of the same name. I recently sought out Mr. Wilkosz to ask him about his life and work as a traditional animator in Poland.
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