Last fall, however, a strange incident occurred at Munich’s Hellabrunn Zoo. Word apparently got around that the G. Henle Verlag was holding a major casting call for animals.
‘At long last, another opportunity to be on the big stage!’, the zoo residents thought, for suddenly half the zoo was waiting in Forstenrieder Allee, ready to play a leading role in our Urtext edition “Le Carnaval des animaux” HN 939/9939.
We were astounded, for everyone from fowls to kangaroo had set forth, even the fish had broken out of the aquarium. The turtle, exhausted from the long journey, arrived just in time, whilst the swan detoured to ferry a hitchhiker over the Isar.
Well then, weren’t we really in an agony over choosing which animals would make it into the editorial department? After three days of the toughest selection process, the winners were finally confirmed, and we are pleased and proud to be able to present them to you today.
Special thanks go to Dorothea Flügel, who has drawn wonderful portraits in collaboration with the actors.