The French School of Animation is still a success

single mark the wicked In Dreamworks, the other left Pixar to get freedom and get out IcarusIndependent Film: Two directors have proven on screens that when it comes to animation, the “French Touch” has never said its last word.

chases in “Modified Car” On the streets of Los Angeles, I nodded at Pulp Fiction where eleventh oceanthe wickedin theaters Wednesday, April 6, is a pure Hollywood producer but also the first feature film from the American studio a partner where kung fu panda Made entirely by a French man.

An animal band famous for . appears on the screen “the wicked” (wolf, snake, shark, wolf spider and piranha), united in crime and are looking for by all city policemen. The gang is caught after trying many times, and makes a deal with the authorities: to becomeBeautiful” to avoid imprisonment. Or at least pretend.

The film is a tribute to American cinema and Los Angeles, the city I loved, “ Director Pierre Pérevel, who trained at the École Jobelins in Paris, explains to AFP before starting his career at the studio co-founded by Steven Spielberg, which he joined fifteen years ago. After working as an animator for a character in three batches of kung fu panda And other movies like partner 4, sign with the wicked His first feature film in the studio which is teeming with French creators.

France ranked third in the world in animation production, often distinguished by its independent nuggets, Triplets from Belleville to me my life is zucchini passing by Kiriko, But its creators are also the root of successes like Epic I’m despicable about me.

Country “It has a huge culture of animation and comics for a long time, mixed with Japanese influence, which arrived much earlier than in the United States”, to analyze Pierre Pérevel. This culture Dreamworks interested in doing something different.

The film’s graphic presentation, a mixture of 2D and 3D reminiscent of comics or illustrations, intentionally breaks with the race for realism in which most mainstream animation studios participate. “There’s a kind of really French desire to look for styles and influences and push things (…) even if it’s in the big movies and blockbuster movies, we can’t push things to a point where the audience doesn’t understand”, admits.

A reflection that Carlo Fogli, a Luxembourgish director who grew up in France and also studied at Les Gobelins, one of the most highly rated schools in the world of animation, can share, ahead of its March 30 launch, Icarus. The film completely revisits ancient myths on a journey alongside the young Icarus, who will befriend the Minotaur.

The only common point with the wickedan aesthetic borrowed from comics, with a successful blend of 2D and 3D animation. I worked for eight years at Pixar, with a specific job: Character Animation.tells the director, AFP. “Even if they make nuggets of mainstream animation, blockbuster movies with storytelling [façon de raconter les histoires] Amazing, I wanted to do the opposite Icarus. “

“realism” Which large American productions claim “I’m not interested, I was looking for something elegant and beautiful”, He explains. before laughing: “Anyway, we didn’t have a budget for technical prowess!”

Not to mention the case “philosophical” For those who no longer want to work for giant Disney, the parent company of Pixar. Which is considered that France, which trains more than a thousand specialists in this sector every year, remains An unparalleled talent pool.

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