“In Between” from Gobelins

A young woman tries to overcome her shyness, which is personified by a crocodile. Created by De Alice Bissonnet, Aloyse Desoubries Binet, Sandrine Hanji Kuang, Juliette Laurent, Sophie Markatatos, 3rd year students at GOBELINS in Paris, France.

(Thanks, Martin Montgomery)


  • Jeff E.

    Well Done!!!! I’m really loving the way that crocoshyle moves, especially the walk during the credits.

    As it turns out, a good story can be told in any medium.

  • http://whataboutthad.com Thad

    Well, now you know the crew of young folk that will bring about a revival of traditional character animation if they get a break.

  • http://www.joelbrinkerhoff.blogspot.com/ joel brinkerhoff

    Once again Gobelin proves their worth as a school of animation. Their students have repeatedly produced impeccably well crafted films that show a total understanding of what animation can do.

  • MonsieurU

    You should check out all the graduation films from this year, there’s some very solid work. And very little 3D, for that matter.

    I was fortunate to “teach”, for lack of a better term, this year’s students as they were animating on their graduation films.
    Seeing the students work was truly a great thing for the grizzled vet that I’ve become. So much passion and drive.

    Congratulations to all of them !

  • http://www.charactermentorstudio.com Tom Bancroft

    These French guys and girls are killing me! This is SO good. Even the story is great! Love.

  • http://zeteos.blogspot.com/ mick

    They seem immune from the incessant ironic disdain that blights a generation. It would appear they want to employ actual skill and a coherent thought process towards a goal. Clear clever escapism, this is ‘art’.

  • http://richbailey.blogspot.com Richard

    Love this short! Well done

  • James Madison

    Nice!!!

  • Charles M.

    Wow, man….that is amazing work. I watched some of Gobelins’ works awhile back and I just marvel at how in such a short amount of time they’ve manage to deliver quality animation. After watching this, I wonder what my worst trait manifestation would look like?

  • Glowworm

    I totally love that crocodile. It’s so cute. It reminds me of that animated commercial where depression is symbolized as a grouchy umbrella.

  • Glowworm

    Aw–that crocodile was so cute.

  • Polecat

    I like the croc a lot–he was one of the most appealingly designed characters I’ve seen in a long time. The overall idea of how shyness was represented was kind of interesting.

  • JM WALTER

    This film reminds me hard of the 101 Dalmatians , the balcony scene, the music the bgs. It is a very nice homage and I´m loving the whole thing!

  • wever

    Is it, like, PROHIBITED there to mention anything about Flash animation and executive changes to the stories for market purposes?! This place looks like creative freedom!

  • Daniel J. Drazen

    The croc, as others have said, is a masterpiece of character animation, especially his uncroc-like tendency to fold in the middle. And the girl in the piece is no slouch, either; I loved the way she kicked him into the Seine with very little fanfare. Her face looked like half the anime heroines of the 1980s, but she was still very much a character in her own right. When her attitude softened toward the croc you really believed it! C’est magnifique!

  • http://www.animatorisland.com/ J.K. Riki

    Absolutely fantastic. Absolutely.

  • Iritscen

    This is some very fine work. So great to see young students picking up the old techniques!

  • http://www.AndrewBlodgett.com/ Andrew Blodgett

    SO good… gorgeous animation and a wonderful little story.
    (Makes me want try to draw more, and possibly hug a pet)

    For anyone interested — I’ve gathered the behind-the-scenes / making-of videos, together with the short film, into a post:
    http://www.andrewblodgett.com/short-film-in-between/

    Enjoy!

  • http://drgrobsanimationreview.com/ Gijs Grob

    I enjoyed it very much! The animation, timing, music and sound effects are all perfect. Shyness never was depicted so original. I’m afraid I suffer from ‘crocodile’ too, sometimes…

  • Wouter

    Love it. Blown away by the Gobélins students as usual.

    The art direction resembled Tadahiro Uesugi his work a lot, I find. In a good way. Link: http://xaxor.com/drawings/19684-tadahiro-uesugi-illustrations.html

  • TheDoctorJones

    Magical. Not a strand out of place on this one. The crocodile animation is so damn unique, refreshing and appealing.

    And I LOVE how tight the storytelling is. Not an ounce of fat to cut. Often, these shorts run a couple minutes too long, but I could’ve spent many more with these characters.

    So in awe of the creative team behind this one. Way to go, ladies!!!

  • http://oye-studios.daportfolio.com Seni

    I don’t know whether I should be in awe of this work, sad that I never went to this school or jealous of such talent!

  • sam

    lovely short reminds me bit of the Alpenliebe crocodile :)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Y3nxHWmxjk