How It Grows …

by Miha F. Kalan and Jernej Žmitek

Tako zraste ..., 2018, animated series, 2D animation, computer animation, c, 5 min

A little animal is born. Soon after, it has to learn how to find food so it can grow and grow: “Nom, nom, nom…”. Sometimes it has to be careful not to become food for its predators: “Hide, little animal!” The days are passing and the little animal is not little anymore. It has grown into an adult. Now it explores the world on its own, until it notices someone special. A mate of the same species! They fall in love and the circle of life begins again. Each episode of How It Grows… illustrates the development of a different animal species from birth to adulthood. The main character is accompanied by other animals that are part of its natural habitat. Actions are supported with narration in rhymes, allowing the youngest to learn new words more easily. Each episode ends with a riddle that sums up what has been learned.

Each of the 13 episodes ends with a riddle that sums up what has been learned.

How It Grows ... Lizard

The central theme of this animated children's film is the life and growing up of a lizzard in an environment where playfulness can unexpectedly turn into fear, as he finds himself in danger and has to run away from the cat. By closely following his adventures, children learn details about the living environment, habits and diet of these interesting animals.

How It Grows ... Ibex

The animated film shows the ibex's life in the mountain landscape, its connection with nature, its interaction with other animals and the challenges it overcomes. Colorful animations and educational messages about protecting nature inspire children, who learn empathy and the importance of coexistence through adventures.

How It Grows ... Dolphin
Sandra Ržen
Miha F. Kalan, Jernej Žmitek
Jure Vizjak
lead animators
Timon Leder, Anja Lavrinec, Jernej Žmitek
Jošt Šeško, Aleš Berčič, Anja Lavrinec, Zarja Menart, Matic Perčič, Miha Šubic
music composers
Samo Kutin, Ana Kravanja
film editors
Miha F. Kalan
sound designers
Julij Zornik
Aleš Valič
RTV Slovenija
Slovenian Film Centre
Miha F. Kalan

Miha Kalan (1982) is an award-winning film director. He is also an experienced animation screenwriter. His short On Sight (2013) won the Gold Medal at the Tiger Paw Sports FF (2013), the Award of Merit at The Accolade Competition (2013), and the Best Screenplay Award at the Alpi Giulie Cinema (2014). How It Grows… is his debut as an animation director.

Jernej Žmitek

Jernej Žmitek (1981) is an award-winning director, professional animator, and scriptwriter. He mainly focuses on development, scriptwriting and directing of animated content at the Invida production studio.