The first project to be acquired out of last week’s Cartoon Forum is Samuel, a series from young writer-director Émilie Tronche. Culture channel Arte France has boarded the project.
Samuel follows the ten-year-old character of the title and his friends, depicting their emotions as they experience the start of adolescence. The age of the characters notwithstanding, the series is described in the Cartoon Forum program as being aimed at young adults and adults.
“Children are usually portrayed as cute and endearing, even kind,” Tronche told Variety, which first reported the news of the acquisition. She added, “children aren’t cute, or they don’t intend to be. That was the challenge for me — I wanted things to be natural, not forced, and to convey emotions imperceptibly through gazes, movements, pauses, dialogues, and music.”