The year 2006 was definitely a great one for feature animation in France. Michel Ocelot, director of Kirikou and the Sorceress, released a new colorful, enchanting tale called Azur and Asmar, while Christian Volckman broke new ground with his stylish black & white Renaissance. The latest entry in the genre is directed by France’s most popular filmmaker, Luc Besson, an artist better known for his live-action movies (The Professional, The Fifth Element) than for his interest in animation. Arthur and the Invisibles (which opens Jan. 12, 2007 in the U.S.) tells how 10-year old Arthur gets magically transported to the tiny world of the Invisibles, half-inch tall creatures who live in his grandmother’s garden. Influential graphic album artists Patrice and Celine Garcia brought the project to Besson. The former had been a key element of the design team on The Fifth Element, and later became the lead conceptual artist for Arthur and the Invisibles.
(much) more: http://mag.awn.com/index.php?ltype=pageone&article_no=3142
Besson in Zagreb (foto): http://www.film-mag.net/content.php?review.2095
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