In Pur­suit of Art and Qual­ity Con­tent

This year’s Car­toon Movie in France will high­light bold, new fea­tures that are un­afraid to tackle tough, non­com­mer­cial sub­jects.

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This year’s Car­toon Movie in France will high­light bold, new fea­tures which aren’t afraid to tackle tough, non­com­mer­cial sub­jects.

If you are a firm be­liever that some of the best an­i­mated movies of the past few years were made by Euro­pean au­teurs for a frac­tion of the cost of Hol­ly­wood stu­dio block­busters, then you need to keep an eye on the rich se­lec­tion of fea­tures un­spool­ing at the 16th edi­tion of Car­toon Movie.

Tak­ing place March 5-7 in Lyon, France, the Euro-cen­tric event is show­cas­ing 59 bold, orig­i­nal an­i­mated movies, at­tract­ing 200 po­ten­tial fi­nan­cial big­wigs and dis­trib­u­tors from 40 coun­tries. (Yes, U.S. in­die an­i­ma­tors, it’s OK to feel quite en­vi­ous of this setup!)

Ac­cord­ing to the event or­ga­niz­ers, the lineup fea­tures an eclec­tic mix of styles, for­mats and con­tent. In­ter­est­ingly, 30 per­cent of the se­lec­tion aims for young adult and adults — that’s twice as many as the 2013 ti­tles — and these Euro pics aren’t afraid of tack­ling tough sub­jects, ze­ro­ing in on po­lit­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal themes and even us­ing an­i­ma­tion to il­lus­trate doc­u­men­taries.

Among the Euro­pean coun­tries, France con­tin­ues to be the most in­dus­tri­ous pro­ducer of an­i­mated fea­tures, lead­ing the race with one-third of this year’s se­lec­tion. Nor­way is next with six ti­tles; fol­lowed by Fin­land, Ger­many, Italy and Poland with four; and Hun­gary, Ire­land and the U.K. with two movies each.

It’s in­ter­est­ing to point out that Car­toon Movie has fa­cil­i­tated 215 films pre­sented to en­ter into pro­duc­tion and be re­leased around the globe, since its in­cep­tion in 1990.

Lit­er­a­ture and comic books con­tinue to play a big part in in­spir­ing Euro fea­tures. This year’s se­lec­tion ranges from adap­ta­tions by well-known authors such as Haruki Mu­rakami, Pros­per Mérimée and Guil­laume Lau­rant to pop­u­lar chil­dren’s se­ries and books like Ger­many’s Maya the Bee, Fin­land’s Moomins and Swe­den’s Alfie Atkins, as well as graphic nov­els like Zom­bil­le­nium by Arthur de Pins and The Belly­but­tons from Que­bec.

Video games are also rep­re­sented by Ankama’s Do­fus and the Span­ish-Cana­dian ti­tle Magic Veil.

The se­lec­tion is com­posed of 26 projects in con­cept, 16 in de­vel­op­ment and 10 al­ready in the pro­duc­tion stage and sched­uled to pre­miere in 2014. The event also will screen seven fea­tures in their en­tirety. They are: Aunt Hilda! (di­rected by Jac­ques-Remy Gir­erd) Be­yond Be­yond (di­rected by Esben Toft Ja­cob­sen) Ho­cus Pocus, Alfie Atkins (di­rected by To­rill Kove) Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart (di­rected by Mathias Malzieu) Mi­nus­cule: Val­ley of the Lost Ants (di­rected by Thomas Sz­abo and He­lene Gi­raud) The Art of Hap­pi­ness (di­rected by Alessan­dro Rak) Solan and Lud­vig’s Christ­mas (Ras­mus A. Sivert­sen) To find out more about each one of the new movies, visit www.car­toon-me­dia.eu.

Aunt Hilda! Be­yond Be­yond Ho­cus Pocus, Alfie Atkins Jack and the Cuckoo-clock Heart Mi­nus­cule: Val­ley of the Lost Ants The Art of Hap­pi­ness Solan and Lud­vig’s Christ­mas

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