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Operation X-70 (1971)



A mighty state is experimenting with a new kind of gas that does not kill, but stuns its victims and puts them in a mystical state. Accidentally, the X-70 bombs are dropped on a friendly neighbouring state, where strange mutations occur.


“For 'Operation X-70', original etching plates were engraved and the prints were used as sets. The engravings were made by Marc Ampe, while Willy Verschelde provided the 'engraving texture' for the animated characters. ”





1972: Special Jury Prize: International Film Festival - Cannes (France).

1972: First Prize: International Animation Film Festival - Zagreb (Croatia).

1972: Honorary Prize: National Film Festival - Knokke.

1972: Public Prize: Film International - Antwerp.



Technical sheet


  • Format: 35mm

  • Colour

  • Frame: 1 x 1.33

  • Sound: Optical-Mono

  • Length: 9'30 ”

  • Original version: English

  • Directed by: Raoul Servais

  • Script: Raoul Servais

  • Animation: Willy Verschelde

  • Backgrounds: Marc Ampe

  • Music: Arsène Souffriau

  • Produced by: Anagram, realised with the French Community of Belgium

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