Friday, November 6, 2009


I watched The Man Who Planted Trees the other night and an interview with Jean Giono,
the Provençal author upon whose book the animation is based. I ordered all of the english translations of his books I could find at the local library and look forward to snuggling up with them as autumn progresses.

Then I looked into Frédéric Back,
the Canadian animator who's colored pencil work won two Oscars and four nominations. I learned that, when he received his first Oscar for Crac!, he confided to his producer that he would have preferred that his previous piece, All Nothing had won instead because its message was far more important to him.

Small and out of date non-American films are hard to come by but fortunately, All Nothing (Tout-Rien) was posted in its entirety on youtube. Thanks mariobq!

Want more? If you're interested in hand-drawn animation, there's a good interview with Back by William Moritz. You can also watch Back's Illusion Part One and Illusion Part Two

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