"Use animation as a magical act. Animation isn't about moving inert things but their revival. More precisely their awakening to life ... Objects, particularly old ones, have witnessed all sorts of events and lives, and bear their imprint. People have touched them in different situations and with different emotions and printed into them their psychological states. If you wish to make their hidden contents visible through the use of a camera then you have to listen to them."
The Decalogue of Jan Svankmajer, 1999 (translated by Tereza Stehlíková)