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“Little Quentin” By Albert ‘t Hooft And Paco Vink

Paco Vink and Albert ‘t Hooft of The Netherlands’ Anikey Studios, created this stylish piece of animated film noir – with a twist – Little Quentin. Produced by il Luster Productions, it’s well worth nine and a half minutes of your time:

Directed by Albert ‘t Hooft & Paco Vink
Art Direction: Paco Vink
Animators: Paco Vink, David de Rooij, Jelle Brunt, Yi ‘Shadow Master’ Zhao.
Coloring: Albert ‘t Hooft, Paco Vink, David de Rooij, Jelle Brunt, Yi Zhao.
Production: il Luster Films
Executive Producers: Michiel Snijders & Arnoud Rijken
Production Assistent: Chris Mouw
Original Soundtrack by Maarten Spruijt
Foley & Mix: Jeroen & Ronald Nadorp, Bob Kommer Studios
System Administrator: Pepijn Blom
Drama coaches: Michiel Snijders & Arnoud Rijken
This film was developed with the support from The Netherlands Film Fund
Stichting il Luster Films / AniKey Animation Studios
  • Cool short film! Good luck with the animated feature, guys.

  • Someguy


    I really enjoyed the first ‘half’. I had issues with the idea that the protagonist, who by default I assumed to be hard-boiled but good, was helping to bury this woman murdered by his friend (concealing the crime).

    Then when it was revealed that these were toys, I had my hopes raised when the girl took over the narrative. I was disappointed that the story does not continue from that point and instead it becomes a tale of living dolls.

    It would have been interesting if once the girl takes over, the woman turns out to have been pretending to be dead. Gets loose and grabs a shovel to take out the guys and then hitchhikes home.

    It was just disappointing that all the setup is essentially wasted after the reveal.

    Otherwise a great little film.


  • Great short !

  • This is so good! Such nice use of lighting, and some really great animation too, like the scene with the rabbit in the alley. And I didn’t see the twist coming at all. I did like the first half better than the second, for that reason– I was really enjoying the weird storyline going on, and revealing it to just be children playing with dolls is an often-seen device in animation. Still, great job with it. Extremely well-done.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      It’s certainly something I recall seeing before too. Someone suggested how else it could’ve ended, and I was rather impressed with how the first half was developing and would’ve loved to have seen where that would’ve headed before revealing twist happened, but I think they did an effective job on keeping the mood and pacing as excellent as seen here.

  • Chris Sobieniak

    It was!

  • Toonio

    One of the best pieces of animation for 2012 so far.

    If Tarantino and Burton had love child twins, their names would be Paco Vink and Albert‘t Hooft.


  • **SPOILER***
    Thanks for the comments guys, The ending has always been a mixed bag of emotions with people. Some people love it and some are disappointed :)

    Originally the movie ended with the revealing of the kids but we were not satisfied with it ourselves so we decided to continue from that point and let the girl have her revenge to try give it some closure.

  • Totally awesome. This is what would have happened if the Coen Brothers had directed Toy Story.

    • Yes, very influenced by Sid’s house in Toy Story. I also saw a lot of Roger Rabbit in there!

  • Liked it a lot. Not often a short can manage 9 minutes and hold my interest the whole time with limited animation, but this was very well done. Art was fantastic. I would have loved to see more traditional animation in there, but even as a more limited style it was quite nice. The atmosphere, sounds, and character design made up for the lack of more fluidity throughout.

    Thumbs up.

  • TStevens

    It did have some pretty amusing moments. However, I almost like the idea of not doing any sort of reveal at all. The idea of a bunny, a human and a clown concealing a crime like a bunch of mobsters is surrealistic enough that it doesn’t need a rational explanation: you except it because it works. Taking it in to the childhood fantasy/daydream kills it for me unless it can be done in a way that you figure it out on your own instead of being shown. I can’t count the number of student or professional films that I have seen where the daydreaming kid gets knocked back in to reality.

    Some things are better left unexplained.