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Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Yoann Lemoine "Tiji: Le Ballon" (The Balloon)



Dipping into Dek's No Fat Clips is always a treasure hunt and sometimes one finds the nuggets of gold. Such is Tiji: Le Ballon produced for French children's television by young French director Yoann Lemoine. It is one of those movies that hits the spot, so obvious an idea that one kicks oneself for not thinking of it in the first place. Yoann's premise is simple enough: what happens to that accidentally discarded balloon that floats upwards and out of reach. In a steadily escalating level of heights the balloon with the cute, cat-like face makes fleeting acquaintances until it reaches its final destination in the heavens. An animation can take the viewer to strange and unexpected worlds. Unexpected, touching, comic and exciting, the twists and turns in this upwards journey are lovingly conveyed in a perfect piece for children and adults alike. Certainly it held my class captivated yesterday. Yoann attended the Emile Cohl School, Lyon, and studied screen-printing techniques at Swindon College, London. An artist with a very versatile background and range of techniques he left college in 2004 and is much in demand with an international range of clients. Produced by Jerome Denis at Wanda Productions I have searched in vain for the composer for the music adds so much to this enchanting mix. It is posted on the French Children’s Channel of YouTube though Dek, as usual, has a high resolution download. In the next few days, after I have returned from my travels to work for Adobe at BETT, Olympia, I shall post on another of Yoann's movies.

1 comment:

loveable_homebody said...

I love this! I agree that the music adds so much. Much of it, especially in the beginning, appears to be real-life footage -- far too complicated, expensive and time consuming to create on computer.

Thanks so much for sharing these animated shorts! I've always loved animation, but never really known where to look for it! I've always been a major Disney girl, so through my childhood that was about the extent of my exposure to animation. Haha