“Electroshock”

Electroshock feels like feature film condensed into 8-and-a-half-minutes. Directed by five students (Hugo Jackson, Pascal Chandelier, Valentin Michel, Bastien Morteleque and Elliot Maren) at France’s ESMA School of the Arts (Ecole Supérieure des Métiers Artistiques), it’s a nicely paced spoof of superhero/geek culture.


  • ErikJDurwoodII

    The style seems very much inspired by Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

    And I like it!

  • GollyGosh

    It’s a swish film but I still find it disappointing how stereotypical and dull the women characters are in such films.

  • Liesje

    Impressive for student work but, yeah, all the key characters were, on the whole, un-likeable.

  • Someguy

    If by “inspired by Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” you mean “stylized animation design” then yes, I’d agree with you. It never fails that whenever another country makes an animated film it’s always assumed that it must be inspired by some specific American creation. France has been making great animated short films for years…is it possible this work was inspired by one of them?

    And yes, Animation was pioneered by Disney, etc…, but by that reasoning every animated film is “inspired by Walt Disney”, but that really isn’t saying very much.

    • Ergo

      It’s definitely inspired by Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. There’s so many background references to the film (including a Baby Buck “uh-oh!” in a nappy with a little red wagon). They are riffing on the style of that film and they aren’t even bothering to hide it.

    • euro

      Read Hugo’s comments during the end credits.
      It includes, “Thanks to Sony Pictures for ‘Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs’, best animated feature EVER!!!”

    • droosan

      There are also “WE ♥ MEATBALL STREET” and “SONY PLACE” street signs in Cactus Groove .. -and- there’s a guy inexplicably walking around in just underwear briefs, in several scenes. Plus, the gelatin which Buck freezes in mid-air during his costumed debut resembles the giant orange gelatin-house from CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS.

      This short is very fun-to-watch..! ^_^

  • GeeGolly

    I thought the “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” inspiration was pretty obvious. There’s even a picture of a baby brent style costume on the wall during the “sewing” sequence.

    I’m not knocking that though, I enjoyed the short.

    • Ergo

      Yeah, it’s not a bad thing.

  • armando

    thank god is not another french CG short about people chasing other people

  • Andrew

    Surprisingly sexist

    • Rick R.

      I dunno, men didn’t exactly come out looking great either. The Sheriff was a prideful snob and the title character was an idiot. And just coz the main girl was whiny and vacuous, the other little girls weren’t mean or anything.

      • Ergo

        Precisely. Sexism makes everyone look bad.

  • Nik

    Lots of fun and it looked really nice!

  • Dr.Truth

    This was so wonderful!! I really liked it.
    Fantastic gags!!!
    And yes….a french student film that’s not an endless chase scene!!

  • Mic

    I liked it a lot.
    And I don’t think it sexist.

    Didn’t you guy see the ending of the film?
    The girl ends up doing everything in the house!
    It’s the guy who’s an ass.

    If you mean sexist toward the men, then yes… maybe.

    • Ergo

      The ending was the most sexist part about it.

    • Oluseyi

      In the end, Mady is portrayed as a whiny complainer and Buck uses his superpowers to ignore her – rather than fixing the blown fuse to at least make her life a little easier. Sure, Buck is shown to be a slightly callous lout, but we’re clearly supposed to identify with him.

      Plus, Mady was completely objectified in that running scene.

      Still fun, though.

  • Frank Ziegler

    Loved it.

  • MissConception

    It’s like they combined Flint Lockwood and Brent into one person… O_o