Google Doodle celebrates the 95th birthday of Polish-born Australian director, scriptwriter, and producer Yoram Gross, internationally acclaimed for the children’s and family entertainment movies and TV series, on October 18, 2021.
Who was Yoram Gross?
Yoram Jerzy Gross was born on 18 October 2021 into a Jewish family in Kraków, Poland. Gross set up a worldwide popularity for the adaptation of children’s characters from books and movies to animation that won the hearts of children and adults around the world.
Yoram Gross studied on music and musicology at Kraków University. He first entered the film industry in 1947 in Kraków when, at 20 years old, he became one of Jerzy Toeplitz’s first students.
In 1950, Yoram Gross moved from Poland to Israel, where he served as a newsreel and documentary cameraman. He then, at that point, became an independent film producer and director and started winning prizes at international film festivals.
Yoram Gross’ full-length feature, Joseph the Dreamer (1962), a biblical story, gotten special prizes in numerous countries. His experimental film Chansons Sans Paroles (1958) was selected by international film pundits as “the most interesting film of 1959”. Another comedy, One Pound Only (1964), set the box office record of the year.
Yoram Gross won in excess of 80 international awards for his different movies. Gross kept on making experimental films and to win awards.
In 1967, Yoram Gross, his wife Sandra and youthful family moved to Australia and lived in Sydney. They set up Yoram Gross Film Studio – initially working from home.
At the Sydney Film Festival in 1970, Yoram Gross was awarded second prize for The Politicians in the category of best Australian-made film, and at the 1971 Australian Film Awards, his film To Nefertiti won the bronze award.
The first animated feature film produced by the Yoram Gross Film Studio, called Dot and the Kangaroo (1977). It won Best Children’s Film in Tehran and furthermore won a Sammy Award for the Best Animated Film at the 1978 Australian Film Institute Television Awards.
From that point onward, Yoram Gross produced, directed and scripted an aggregate of sixteen feature films for children. To co-ordinate with the release of his movies, Gross additionally published books dependent on the movies Dot and the Kangaroo, The Little Convict and Save the Lady.
Yoram Gross’ 1991 animated film The Magic Riddle had a more international flavour than his past children’s movies made in Australia.
In 1992 came the release of Blinky Bill: The Mischievous Koala, in view of the Australian children’s classic by Dorothy Wall. Blinky Bill has produced one of the most successful merchandising programs ever started in Australia, getting a huge number of dollars in export earnings to the country.
In the 1995 Australia Day Honors List, Yoram Gross was named a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to the Australian film industry, especially in animated techniques.
Following Blinky Bill, Yoram Gross co-produced the series Tabaluga (26 half hours) with EM.TV and Merchandising AG, which in 1998 immediately became the top-rated children’s show in Germany.
Yoram Gross celebrated his 60th anniversary in the film industry in May 2007. To celebrate the achievement, the New South Wales Film and Television Office honoured him by hosting a special retrospective screening featuring highlights of his career.
In 2011, he was awarded the Commander’s Cross with Star of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland and the Medal for Merit to clean Culture – “Gloria Artis”.
Yoram Gross’ autobiography ‘My Animated Life’ was released in April 2011. He died on 21 September 2015 at aged 88 years in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
The film’s superb reception set the stage for Yoram Gross to make an empire of family-friendly animated TV series. His work has since been broadcasted in more than 70 countries and proceeds to entertain and inspire millions with beloved characters like Blinky Bill: The Mischievous Koala.
Gross and his legacy live on in the Yoram Gross Animation Award, an annual award recognizing the best animated feature at the Sydney Film Festival.
Yoram Gross’ organization is most popular for producing the movies Blinky Bill: The Mischievous Koala and Dot and the Kangaroo.
On October 18, 2021, Google featured a Doodle on its homepage for celebrating Yoram Gross’ 95th Birthday.