This Friday’s genre is animation! ÉCU wants to give the Spotlight to the creative and artistic man, the creator of the awesome masterpieces in the animation world like Kirikou et La Sorcière and Azur et Asmar, Michel Ocelot, who treats his works truly from his heart and soul!
Michel Ocelot is a French writer and director of animated films and television programs. He was born in 1943 in the French Riviera, his family then moved to Guinea, West Africa, and he spent his childhood there. During his adolescence he moved back to Anjou, France. As a teenager, he created a toy theater productions.
He studied the decorative arts in École régionale des Beaux-Arts in Angers, then the École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs in Paris and The California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles. From 1994 to 2000, he led Association Internationale du film d’animation (ASIFA).
His best known work is Kirikou and The Sorceress (1998) but his earlier film and television works had already won Césars and British Academy Film Awards. His works’ characteristic is fairy tales and fairytale fantasy. Some of them, such as Kirikou and the Sorceress, are the adaptations of existing folk tales.
In 2007, he directed a music video, Earth Intruders, for the Icelandic musician Björk. Björk came to him because she liked Kirikou, and she wanted him to direct the music video, which made him gain some further recognition within the English-speaking world. He had a total freedom during the realization of that video, he said that it was the first time that he worked for somebody else, and was told to do whatever he wanted.
So, to all of you, the independent filmmakers in the world, always use your freedom and creative imagination in creating your masterpiece. We hope that Michel Ocelot inspires you!
Check out his work, Kirikou and The Sorceress!