Murderous Tales is a special effect animated feature film combining live actors with 3D/2D animation, puppets and back projection. It contains three stories: Antonio Cacto, Lighthouse and The Big Man, plus three ultra-short films called Charge the Dragon.
Each episode uses different production technology and is in a different genre, but both their form and their content are related. All the episodes are about double standards and the topics of heroism and death. Something very small meets something very big (a tiny knight meets a huge dragon, an old Mexican goblin meets a man, a tiny Professor meets real-life cows, two mobsters meet the Big Man). All these meetings result in the heroic death of the small principal characters. Each script sees heroism and death differently.
A playful and slightly sentimental story in which Josef (Jan Budař) inherits an apartment from his slightly odd granddad and discovers Antonio, a goblin who lives in a large cactus. They play tricks with each other. Antonio tries to run away and is trapped in the fridge. By the time Josef finds out that Antonio was once brought by his granddad from Mexico, it's too late to save him.
Even though the story takes place on the edge of our world - in a swamp behind a cowshed - there are no humans in it. We see everything through the eyes of a 20 centimetres tall creature, the Professor.
THE BIG MAN
The Big Man is a puppet animation road movie about the unfortunate deaths of two failed hitmen. Bruno and Marvin are not aware that this mission is the last one their prized, meticulously kept, Tatra sedan will take them on.
CHARGE THE DRAGON
A cartoon slapstick comedy with two classic heroes – the Dragon and the Knight - where death is the punch line at the end of each of the three short stories and the knight's heroism is more or less a product of his suicidal stupidity. He is so convinced of his invincibility that he faces the dragon without fear.