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Wednesday, 20 August 2008

"Oktapodi" Julian Bocabeille, François-Xavier Chanioux, Olivier Delabarre, Thierry Marchand, Quentin Marmier & Emud Mokhberi




In the past two days I have featured work by second year university students. Today it is time for their seniors. Produced in 2007 by Julian Bocabeille, François-Xavier Chanioux, Olivier Delabarre, Thierry Marchand, Quentin Marmier and Emud Mokhberi, today's movie is quite something. It commences with an affectionate scene in which two octopuses embrace in the warmth, sunlight and the sea. They do taste nice though and with a swiftness that is almost unnaturally nasty one of the love duet is seized and prepared for lunch on the cooking block. The makers obviously learnt from such as Tex Avery that, no matter what occurs, cartoon creations are immortal. The pink octopus lives! Essentially a chase and rescue movie, Oktapodi is quite exhilarating in its twists and turns as orange octopus seeks to rescue his beloved pink octopus from the delivery truck driver who has just collected his cargo for some would-be gastronomists. Connoisseurs of good animations the world over have loved this very funny and skilled pice of work on the festival circuit since its appearance last year. And yes, it is another work of the astonishing Gobelins about which I've been harping on about for the past two days. It is more than harum-scarum antics though, the sheer quality of light that features in the movie makes such as I, stranded in a darker world, want to seek out the Mediterranean as, well, immediately. At the very least you can visit the team's website (http://oktapodi.com/) and marvel at their festival awards and see a clip showing the making of the film. I should mention the ending which is pretty special too.




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