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GIFFONI FILM FESTIVAL 1979 - 18.26 August

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Category: Edition 1979

The new bees were born in the beehive and, among these, the little Ape Maja immediately reveals its independent and adventurous character. Together with his friend Willi, he enjoys making desperate the teacher Cassandra, chasing himself in a series of troubles from which he manages to pull himself out with the help of the Flip hopper. Ape Maja and Willi can thus continue their fascinating adventure, to discover the world, with its dangers and its beauties, while flying from flower to flower to collect nectar.

Original Title DIE BIENE MAJA
Category Official Competition
Section Official Competition
Tipology Animation, Feature Film
Duration 83'
Production Year 1977
Nationality Austria, Japan
Directed by Marty Murphy
Screenplay Marty Murphy
Music Karel Svoboda


Martin Joseph Murphy Jr. (born September 20, 1933;) was an American cartoonist, animator and author. He worked as a character designer and storyboard author on many animated film series.
Murphy studied at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts after the Second World War, as well as the well-known US cartoonist Phil Interlandi (1924). Later Murphy worked as a cartoonist for several US magazines. Above all, he shaped the cartoon style of Playboy for decades, along with Gahan Wilson, John Dempsey and Shel Silverstein.
In the late 1950s, Murphy worked as a draftsman for the Hanna Barbera studios on the television series The Huckleberry Hound Show (1958-1962), then as character designer for UPA on several animated films from the Mister Magoo series (Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol, 1962; Uncle Sam Magoo, 1970); and DePatie-Freleng Enterprises on The Super 6 (1966-1969) and The Houndcats (1972-1973).
In 1971, he wrote on the screenplay of the animated film Shinbone Alley and was afterwards, again under William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, character designer of the series Wait Till Your Father Gets Home (1972-1974), Hong Kong Pfui (1974) and The CB Bears (1976) ,
The German-speaking audience Marty Murphy was mainly known as a character designer and storyboard author of four anime series, which were produced on behalf of ZDF in Japan in cooperation with Leo Kirch's Taurus film:
1975: The Bee Maja Zuiyo Enterprise (later renamed Nippon Animation), two seasons of 52 episodes
1976: Pinocchio Nippon Animation, 52 episodes