Look

Check out this video for musician Sébastien Tellier, directed by French artists Petra Mrzyk & Jean-François Moriceau:

(Thanks, Carlo Guillot)


  • http://powpowcomics.com Brooks Michael Williams

    Hypnotic… very creative, to boot. Good stuff.

  • http://www.spectres.com.au/seanimation/wordpress/ Sean Callinan

    All I can say is I’m glad they didn’t have the clouds of bubbles emerge from between her legs like the diamonds did.

  • Jonathan

    In Mike Judge’s feature film “Idiocracy” American’s of the future are really stupid. So stupid, the Oscar winning film is called “Ass.”

    We are one step closer.

  • Rat

    Look again! My ass is now DIAMONDS! Anything is possible when you smell like Old Spice and not a Lady.

    I’m on a horse.

  • carlos

    YIKES. Not safe for work!

  • Carl

    I agree with Jonathan.

  • http://www.dancinglineproductions.com figaro

    I disagree that this work is stupid, I think it’s a beautifully and creatively done study of form and movement and its effect on us. The fact that it’s a woman’s behind and it’s sexy doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s vulgar. To qualify for American stupid mass entertainment such video would have to be graceless, grotesque and intended as funny, which is not the case here.

  • niku

    Never knew walkcycles could be this beautiful !!! :D

  • http://tequilawhisperer.com Lippy

    Nice to know I’m not the only “ass-man” around…

  • http://www.bloodypulptales.com/ Mykal Banta

    Jerry: I’ll bet no one that ever started watching that video has ever stopped it in the middle.

  • Dock Miles

    Count me in as somebody who thinks that just because the end’s in sight doesn’t mean we’re closer to the end.

    Particularly in the context of Petra Mrzyk and Jean-François Moriceau’s other animations, this is a fine example of their shape-twisting mode.

  • Stephen

    Someone has to say this:
    “They sure got to the bottom of things, didn’t they?”

    I have to go atone for that now…

  • http://okgrillo.blogspot.com Oscar Grillo

    Rapunzel!

  • Mike Johnson

    The video and the song go together perfectly. I thought the “woman’s behind” idea for an entire music video would someday be realized, and I was right! Very hypnotic, and not vulgar in the least. Bravo to all involved!

  • http://www.enigmation.de slowtiger

    I was immediately reminded of the work of comic artist André Francois Barbe (*1936) who, coincidentially, did many stories in a “film strip” format. Barbe’s women are not only sexy but very cute (in a cartoony way, think Vaughn Bode). Unfortunately there’s nearly nothing of his work online.

  • http://www.cementimental.com Tim Drage

    Jonathan it’s good to see that, judging from your post, you are well prepared for such an eventuality.

  • brendan

    Puzzled as to how people think that THIS is a sign of the end being near (no pun intended, ugh) while rappers like Lil Wayne / Soulja Boy exist and are way more idiotic and popular

  • http://ww.fooksie.com Fooksie

    Very nice work. The diamond farts made me laugh. But that’s just me.

  • Daniel J. Drazen

    Say it if you know it:

    “If I could walk that way I wouldn’t need the talcum powder!”

  • http://www.elliotelliotelliot.com Elliot Cowan

    Glorious!!!!!!

  • Ms. Ing

    If there’s anything here which brings “American’s of the future” “one step closer” to being “really stupid”, it’s Jonathan’s comment which neglects the fact that this is a video by French artists working with a French musician. Which makes Carl’s comment even more pathetic.

    And only a child or sexually naive adult would imagine those diamonds are farts..

    Anyway, fantastic video!

  • Jonathan

    So it’s a French ass.

    Well that’s different. I’ll take it more seriously now.

  • bob kurtz

    diamond farts ALWAYS make me laugh.

  • Ms. Ing

    @ Jonathan: Actually, you should learn how to make and understand legitimate points instead of embarrassing yourself. See “non sequitur” and contemplate your earlier comment. After that, learn how to use an apostrophe.

  • Irving

    Just because there is nothing “vulgar” in the video doesn’t mean that no one can take offense. To make the primary focus of the video a naked woman’s ass begs the question: why did it have to be woman, why did it have to be her ass, and why did it have to be naked throughout the majority? I mean, her face isn’t even featured. I’m disappointed that they are reinforcing the attitude that women are important not for their ideas and personalities, but for sexual arousal and aethetics.

    Note that I thought that this was a skillfully done art experiment. But the subject matter really turned me off.

  • Ms. Ing

    @ Irving: While your concerns are commendable, the questions you raise are easily answered. The video’s theme makes perfect sense if you listen to the song’s lyrics. Tellier himself described the song as follows:

    “This is a song about the Latin style of seduction – completely based on appearances. I like knowing that a woman has taken the time to make herself look attractive. ‘Look’ is about the little bit of skin between the mini skirt and stockings. I’m talking about sex here in a wise and serious manner, like an analyst elegantly trying to pick up girls in a cocktail bar in New York.”

    Now, whether or not you agree with Tellier’s perspectives, the video is very appropriate to the song (and album). Personally, I see no reason why sexuality and intellectuality cannot be appreciated both independently and in combination. In this case, clearly the emphasis is on sexuality. But what about the second half of the video which shows us skeletonization and decay? I think you’re oversimplifying the intent of both the video artists and musician.

  • Dock Miles

    “Just because there is nothing “vulgar” in the video doesn’t mean that no one can take offense.”

    Boy, ain’t that the truth. Competitive Outrage has been the number-one American sport for years now. It was roaring when I was a tot, then died of Irrelevant Influenza around 1966, by it has sure made a comeback.

    “why did it have to be woman, why did it have to be her ass, and why did it have to be naked throughout the majority?”

    Well, I would say the association of the first two with music has been firmly (ahem) established for ages —

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_kEVcy0rQ4Wk/SLblY6sYH8I/AAAAAAAAJ_M/l-vB4YFqQtI/s400/godd.jpg

    – and the third is just modern times.

    “I’m disappointed that they are reinforcing the attitude that women are important not for their ideas and personalities, but for sexual arousal and aethetics (sic).”

    It’s a basic non sequitur that emphasizing sexual allure automatically implies there’s nothing else interesting about the subject as a whole. Sexual objectification becomes a problem when arousing images crowd out almost all competing representations. Lot less of a problem with female sexuality these days.

  • http://jeffoverturf.blogspot.com Jeff Overturf

    This is horrid techno-pop euro-crap music that I disdain more than anything on Earth…BUT DANG! THAT VIDEO’S HOT!!!

    Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    I’m going to go watch it over and over with the sound off!

    Awesome!

  • Jonathan

    MissIng,

    No need for me to look up non sequitur, I’m familiar. My favorite use is found in surrealism, and nonsense verse, such as that in “Alice in Wonderland.” It isn’t always a bad thing.

    I’ll be the first to admit it… I’m an ass.
    I should think you would appreciate that.

    Perhaps you are dabbling in “irony.”

  • Ms. Ing

    @ Irving: While your concerns are commendable, the questions you raise are easily answered. The video’s theme makes perfect sense if you listen to the song’s lyrics. Tellier himself described the song as follows:

    “This is a song about the Latin style of seduction – completely based on appearances. I like knowing that a woman has taken the time to make herself look attractive. ‘Look’ is about the little bit of skin between the mini skirt and stockings. I’m talking about sex here in a wise and serious manner, like an analyst elegantly trying to pick up girls in a cocktail bar in New York.”

    Now, whether or not you agree with Tellier’s perspectives, the video is very appropriate to the song (and album). Personally, I see no reason why sexuality and intellectuality cannot be appreciated both independently and in combination. In this case, clearly the emphasis is on sexuality. But what about the second half of the video which shows us skeletonization and decay? I think you’re oversimplifying the intent of both the video artists and musician.

    @ Jonathan: Non sequiturs are indeed fine and humorous in the context of surrealism, absurdism, comics, etc. but when used to criticize, they’re an annoyance at best. In any case, I think we’ve both established our stances well enough.

  • MadRat

    My thoughts during the video:

    “Um… she’s naked. The preview picture didn’t give me any indication I’d be watching an animation of someone’s butt.”
    “That’s really nice the way the hair is animated, swinging back and forth. Very pretty.”
    “What the heck is she farting?”
    “I don’t think a butt actually moves that way when you walk. Aren’t the cheek muscles supposed to contract?”
    “So um… she’s just walking. Like one of those walk cycles. Something else will happen, right?”
    “Guess not.”
    “Ugh… I don’t what to see a woman full of holes.”

  • thinker

    My thoughts during this video:

    “It’s amazing how you can transmit the sexiness of a woman’s body just with simple curves and movement. No need to show any actual skin or details. How such simple action as walking has it all.”

    “It’s interesting how just few more curves inside of the contour can transmit volume in such a physical way.”

    “It’s funny how perception changes when she is completely naked, eventhough the difference is just in shading, nothing else changed.”

    “These diamonds must be an ironic way to show the area that is so treasured my men. ”

    “The way she slowed down walking through that weird field, touching the grass is rather sensual”

    “When we see her skeleton walking, all the magic disappears, yet it’s exactly the same action. Her walk is reduced to pure mechanics, how strange that this is what is actually happenning, but the perception is so much affected by the outside appearance.”

    “Body can produce such a strong effect, yet it’s so fragile and doesn’t last.”

    Never once farting crossed my mind, but I guess I am just not as witty.

  • Arthur F.

    While I am sure it IS about a woman, I have to add that there is no rule it must be a woman..its an ass and long hair and a certain walk … I’ve seen examples like that in all genders. Maybe that’s sort of part of the attraction, it’s open to projection on the ass… apparently literally even.

  • Ms. Ing

    Wonderful analysis, thinker.

  • Jorgen Klubien

    Super Sexy. The wonders of a great ass and great animation rolled into one… never done better as far as I’ve seen.
    This sort of stuff should have been in Fantasia 2000!