Miki Mol ‘s great-grandfather studied the encyclopaedia and looked through a kaleidoscope at the same time. He enriched his knowledge thanks to the encyclopaedia, and his imagination due to the kaleidoscope. He believed that everyone should work on his imagination, because you never know when you will end up alone in the big world. The great-grandfather was sitting under a tree when a huge fruit fell on him, he jumped up nervously and that way grandfather, who was sitting on his leg, was kicked into the far world. He quickly learned the encyclopaedia, but his kaleidoscope fell into the sea. On his way he met charades and puzzles, but because of his small imagination he could not solve them. In Ołomuniec he met a king whose apple was grubby, his family tree – dwarfish, and who couldn’t get rid of white spots on the map of his kingdom. He decided to help the king. Not only did he get rid of the spots, but he discovered the rose of winds and found his kaleidoscope along the way. Now he could start solving rebuses, charades and puzzles. Thanks to this he was appointed a teller of tales and fantasies.
In 1975 Ryszard Antoniszcza realised “Miki Mol”, an amusing story about the amazing adventures of a bookworm reflecting on his turbulent life history: from pre-historical times until today. “Miki Mol's Kaleidoscope” (1978) is a continuation of these crazy and amazing adventures (although it is in fact about the adventures of Miki Mol’s grandfather, which are watched by our main character and his friend in a kaleidoscope).
Eighteen years later Ryszard Antoniszczak and Krzysztof Kiwerski jointly made a feature film “Miki Mol and a Scary Jacket”. This time three bookworms are challenger on their book knowledge, but also their fantasy and humour. In Antoniszczak’s films – full of unconventional ideas, both literate, visual, and strictly filming – there is an evident fascination for the world’s drawing animation: from a traditional Disney line and spot to pop art poetics. Moreover, a perfect craft and wide imagination, fantasy, and sense of humour. It seems that Antoniszczak often uses both the “encyclopaedia” and “kaleidoscope”.
The “Miki Mol's Kaleidoscope” was awarded with the Władysław Nehrebecki award – ex aequo – for a children’s film with artistic and educational assets in Bielsko-Biała (1979), as well as the Bronze Goats award in the animated film category and a Special Award for visuals at the VII Polish Film Festival for Children and Youth in Poznań (1981). Jerzy Armata