I understand it’s much cooler to talk about how The Simpsons passed its prime ages ago, but I still unabashedly love the show. Last night’s episode, in which Bart’s semi-autobigraphical animated short Angry Dad wins a slew of awards, was a good one for the rest of you. The animation geeks at The Simpsons take the opportunity to experiment: the CG of Pixar, the claymation of Wallace and Gromit, the star black-and-white of Persepolis, the crude Frenchness of The Triplets of Belleville. Plus, Ricky Gervais, Russell Brand, Halle Berry, and Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park all contribute to a sharp lampoon of awards season. Watch the relevant clips — or if you’ll allow me, the full episode — after the jump.
Writer/director Sylain Chromet drew inspiration for The Illusionist, his follow-up to the Oscar-nominated animated feature The Triplets of Belleville, from an unproduced 1956 script by French filmmaker Jacques Tati. The story follows “The Illusionist” (fashioned after Tati himself) as he learns to accept the fading status of his art and meets young Alice, who “changes his life forever.”
From my limited exposure to Tati’s work, the animated likeness is a spot-on homage to the his particular brand of silent physical comedy, and accessed a nostalgia I was previously unaware of. Check out the lovely trailer after the jump.
In what seems like a match made in heaven, Sylvain Chomet–the writer/director of the whimsically Oscar-nominated The Triplets of Belleville–teamed up with the timeless French funnyman and filmmaker Jacques Tati for the new animated feature The Illusionist. (Given that Tati died in 1982, said match was in all likelihood negotiated within the pearly gates). Sony Picture Classics bore witness to the magic of Illusionist after its Berlin Film Festival world premiere and acquired the North American distribution rights, targeting an end of the year release: your move, Oscar.
In The Illusionist, Chomet brings Tati back to life in animated form through an unproduced Tati screenplay, which tells the tale of “details the story of a dying breed of stage entertainer whose thunder is being stolen by emerging rock stars.” You’ll find the full press release after the jump.
A sweet little trailer for Sylvain Chomet’s The Illusionist has come online. The trailer is originally from afisha.ru and comes to us via Catsuka via Twitch. Even though I cannot read the Russian title cards, I can see that the animation is stunning and filled with personality. There’s a sense of melancholy, humor, and discovery and since I think Chomet’s The Triplets of Bellville is fantastic, I can’t way to see this. It’s also his first feature since Triplets debuted back in 2003.
The film premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and is set to open in France on May 5th. No word yet when US audiences will see it, but hopefully it will be sometime this year. Hit the jump to check out the trailer and the synopsis.