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This website was made possible

thanks to the generous help of, among others:

  • Joop Geesink - the man who made these films happen. He also proved that commercial films can be of historic, artistic and cultural value.

  • Louise Geesink - Joop Geesink's daughter, heir and business successor. Many thanks to her for her contributions and positive feedback

  • Leenke Ripmeester - Programmer en researcher at EYE Film, the former Film Museum. We are grateful for her archival catalogues and documentation.

  • Jan-Willem de Vries - Author of the book "De Toonder Animatiefilms" ("The Animation Films by Toonder"). Thank you for sharing the wonderful photos and unique visuals.
    Please note: This handsomely illustrated book of over 300 pages also explores Marten Toonder's collaboration with Joop Geesink, and includes a unique compilation of animated films by Toonder and Toonder/Geesink on DVD.

  • Huibert den Draak, (Canada) -  My brother with whom for many years I've worked on animated films and still share a passion with for this topic. Thank you for this site's English translation and the many pointers and tips.

  • Everyone who over the years has given me valuable information.

    I particularly commend Harry Tolsma who considered himself my and Hubert's "film dad". He taught me much of what I know about this field.


Help needed!

This website will always be a work in progress. We warmly invite anyone who may have anything to add to it to contact us. Thank you so much!

We're always looking for

  • Artwork

  • Puppets*)

  • Photos

  • Stories

We're also on the lookout for someone to contribute some of his/her time to help translate (or condense) the historic Dutch articles into English.

Rotterdam, April 2013
Arie den Draak

 *)  Many puppets have gone permanently lost. We aim to bring together the ones that have remained in order to donate them to the EYE-INSTITUTE (the former Film Museum) as one collection. We are hoping to locate the Joop Geesink puppet in particular, and others like it.



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