La Vieille Dame et Les Pigeons

March 2nd, 2008

Sylvain Chomet, best known these days as the man behind Les Triplettes de Belleville, produced the short “La Vieille Dame et Les Pigeons” (“The Old Lady and the Pigeons”) in 1996. It was nominated for the Oscar for Best Animated Short in 1997. It’s 20 minutes long but witty and engaging.

The setups are solid and sure-footed. There’s no mistaking the motivations or the reveals, it’s all quite satisfying. The American tourists were plenty fat, but they weren’t quite stupid enough — they had a little too much personality, and it rang false.

According to this interview he spent ten years on this. He also lists his greatest influence as Daniel Goosens. He also mentions Egon Shiele, which is not surprising, and satisfying to learn.

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