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PREVIEW: “Le Tableau” by Jean François Laguionie

Le Tableau

French animation website Catsuka has posted the trailer for Le Tableau, an upcoming CG feature by veteran French animation director Jean François Laguionie. The high-concept film, which takes place in a world of paintings, is about some kind of conflict between characters that have been painted and those that lack color or have yet to be painted. The film’s wild, unnatural color choices appear to be directly inspired by French art movements like the Nabis and Fauves. It’s refreshing to see such a bold non-photorealistic rendering style in a CG feature and it’s no surprise that such an artistically accomplished filmmaker as Laguionie would be the one to attempt it, but the generic animation in this clip from Le Tableau is somewhat less inspiring than the trailer.

On a sidenote, with the release of this film, will Laguionie become the oldest director of a CG feature? He’s now 72 years old.

Here’s a portion of Laguionie’s earlier masterpiece Gwen, or the Book of Sand: