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Sunday, 12 February 2012

Transcription: Style Research Part 2

Continuing with style research I decided to look at a more 2D style which was something I wasn't really look at until I come across this animation. "Cat in Paris" (Une vie de chat) that caught my eye. A 2010 animated film by the French animation studio Folimage, telling the story of a young Parisian girl whose cat leads her to unravel a thrilling mystery over the course of a single evening.

"A Cat in Paris  brings with it a beautiful return to old-school hand-drawn animation. The deliberately old-fashioned, even by 2D standards, animation is in stark contrast to the plethora of 3D animated films on the market, an it certainly adds a distinctive charm to the picture. Reminiscent of children’s books, the soft-palette background paints Paris in a whimsical light, perhaps one that only ever existed in the kinds of fairy tales that this is inspired by. From the almost noir-meets-expressionism rooftop sequences at the start of the film, to the dramatic conclusion at the Notre Dame Cathedral, the animation is a love-letter to the Paris that the French want the world to see. The film looks crafted, rather than manufactured, although in some cases this deliberate styling has been done at the expense of substance. It is a superficial view naturally, but a beautiful one at that."

I really like this style used in this animation, even though it 2D there is something that I think would work nicely with my idea and create some unusual environments. Maybe this is something I should think about and look into a bit more.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Sasha. Some nice choices - I like the idea of you looking at French made animations as opposed to US / UK. There is something more culturally rich about animations made about / by a country.