Jan Švankmajer born 4 September 1934 in Prague is a Czech surrealist artist who is known for his surreal animations. His nightmare like stop motion pictures influenced other artists such as Tim Burton (my hero) and The Brothers Quay.
His movies are made from a child’s perspective and were often disturbing and aggressive. He was banned from making films by the communist authorities in 1972 and was almost unknown in the West until the 1980’s.
Today he is a highly celebrated animator and more famous for his feature films including Alice (1988) which is a dark take on Alice in Wonderland, Faust (1994), Conspirators of Pleasure (1996), Little Otik (2000) and Lunacy (2005).